PG use is a Win-Win for Florida
Recycling PG will benefit our economy and our environment.
As the world moves toward a more sustainable economy, scientists are discovering new ways to achieve a “zero waste” future. Experts agree: To become more sustainable, we must find innovative ways to turn byproducts into new products.
Around the world, byproducts of phosphate manufacturing (like PG) are now being put to innovative use. In fact, scientists have discovered 55 different ways to productively use PG, including road building, agriculture, and reforestation.
Now, Florida has an opportunity to beneficially use PG, too. Here are 5 reasons recycling PG is win for communities across the Sunshine State:
It’s Good for the Environment
Using PG reduces waste and conserves natural resources. Today, 1.7 billion tons of PG are stored in gypstacks across the country. However, if we use PG productively, the need for storage will greatly diminish, reducing both gypstacks and environmental impact.
It’s Good for the Economy
The phosphate industry supports about 13,000 jobs in Florida and produces an essential product that helps American farmers feed billions. Recycling PG will create even more jobs and open an untapped supply of local construction materials.
It’s Good for Infrastructure
Mixing PG with other commonly used construction materials creates a more circular, sustainable economy. Roads built with PG would be comparable to roads constructed with conventional materials, except PG road base materials could be immediately sourced from gypstacks.
Other Countries Recycle PG — So Can We
More than 20 countries around the world already use PG to support a more sustainable economy. Countries like Canada, Finland and Spain have put PG to work on their infrastructure and agricultural projects. If they are doing it, so can we.
Scientists Have Studied It
Scientists are looking for even more innovative ways to reuse normal byproducts like PG. Indeed, Dr. Tim Townsend, a professor of environmental engineering at the University of Florida, is one scientist studying ways phosphogypsum could be beneficially used in innovative products and processes that promote a more sustainable world.
The bottom line: Productive use of PG helps the environment, promotes sustainability, and supports an essential domestic industry that helps feed America. It’s time to help our economy and our environment. It’s time to stop stacking PG — and start recycling it.