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Lafarge Leads 2nd Annual Illinois River Clean-Up

On Oct. 14, Lafarge North America's Chicago-area operations teamed up with the national organization Living Lands and Water (LLW) on its 2nd annual Illinois River clean-up event. Employees, family and friends gathered at the Starved Rock State Park boat dock – along with Lafarge customers Illinois Cement, Consolidated Grain and Barge and Burns and McDonnell Engineering – to board boats and head down the river to collect trash along the shoreline.

Over the last decade, LLW has removed more than 4 million tons of trash from America's rivers. “We value our relationship with Living Lands and Water, and are pleased to partner with the organization on our annual river clean-up,” said Manager of Lafarge North America's Utica Quarry Jeff Newman. “We live and work in this community, and welcome the opportunity to do our part in improving the environment for everyone.”

The clean-up event attracted more than 30 volunteers who collected enough trash to fill a 20-yd. trash bin. An appreciation lunch hosted by the Utica Quarry followed the clean-up activities, and prizes were presented in five categories, including “piece of trash most likely to be used in this year's Halloween costume.”