Caring for our environment
"A consistent commitment to the environment is a significant part of everything we do at River Sands. From the continuous planting of trees and the use of renewable energy at our facilities to the design of new ‘green’ products, we aim to continually consider and be informed by the environment." Peter James, Co Founder.
These are just some of our initiatives:
Since its inception, River Sands has always relied on its own water supply to service the manufacturing facilities. Rain water and water run-off is collected via ponds, tank farms and a dam on our 300 hectare property at Carbrook. The water is then treated on-site and utilized within our offices and manufacturing plant.
One of the dams where water is
collected and utilised within the
manufacturing plant and offices.
Utilising Scrap Materials
River Sands have participated in a responsible program of recycling for many years. Not only do we use recycled material in some of our packaging, and recycle timber pallets, but one of our main product lines, CCS Pigment Concentrates (used for colouring concrete and masonry) are manufactured from scrap steel.
Use of By-Products
Two major components of the cement we use in our products, Fly Ash and Silica Fume, are by-products from power generation and furnace operation facilities. Fly ash is generally captured from the chimneys of power plants and silica fume is the smoke that results from the production of silicon metal or ferrosilicon alloys.
Using both fly ash and silica fume to supplement Portland Cement improves the properties of concrete, and stops these by-products becoming landfill. The replacement of Portland cement with fly ash also reduces the greenhouse gas foot print of concrete.
To ensure energy efficiency within our main manufacturing facility, only recycled waste oil from Fuel Recovery Tanks is used. The oil is used in our sand drying machines.
Disintegrating Plastic Bags
CCS Pigment Concentrates come in bio-degradable bags which are simply added into a concrete mix without having to be opened or poured. The bags disintegrate when mixed into the concrete leaving no waste bags to dispose of into the environment.
River Sands staff members recently
worked with Landcare Noosa to plant
hundreds of trees around our Carbrook
Recovery of Slimes
Within our sand plant operations, we have also recently installed specialized pumps to fully recover our slimes (fine particles of sand) that are returned to our dredge ponds during the sand manufacturing process. The recovery of these fine sand particles reduces overburden as well as the impact on the pond environment.
Supporting Local Farmers
We believe that working together with our neighbouring farmers assists in sustaining not only the environment but the broader agricultural community. That is why, over the past twenty years River Sands has given local sugar cane farmers free access to farm and utilise various parcels of land surrounding our sand plant at Eagleby.
Planting and Preserving Trees
Over the past thirty years, almost 10,000 trees have been planted at our manufacturing site in Carbrook and Sand Plant at Eagleby, both south of Brisbane. Driven by Managing Director Peter James, a careful balance of native and non-native species have been sourced and planted to not only sustain but encourage the different wildlife from around the local area.
Wild birds continue to make the 300 hectare facility home.
Our resident family of Osprey's!
According to the Brisbane/Gold Coast Regional Branch of Bird Observation and Conservation Australia, River Sands' Carbrook and Eagleby sites are home to over over 95 different species of birds. Just some of the species recently (Sept 2011) observed at our Eagleby sandplant site include the following:-
Osprey, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Eurasian Coot, Peaceful Dove, White-faced Heron, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Striped Honeyeater, Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike, Tawny Grassbird, Brown Goshawk, Sacred Kingfisher and Chestnut Teal.
The group reported that "The habitat in and around the site is very diverse, hence the large number of species recorded. The species (of birds) recorded is also very diverse and River Sands is a great example of how an extractive industry site, run and maintained in the interests of not only the owners, but of the wildlife in general, can achieve success all round."
Low VOC Sealers
Our NATA certified laboratory and technical staff have recently developed a range of concrete and masonry sealers that meet the new Australian Building Code. These sealers contain low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) and are less harmful to the environment.
To assist Councils and Developers plan for water sensitive urban design, River Sands have developed special bio-retention sand blends for use with bioretention systems which help to capture and filter rain and stormwater run-off for surrounding vegetation. Water is usually collected within perforated under-drains for discharge and is used for grass and landscaped areas located within private property, parklands, easements, carparks and along roadway corridors.
Heat Reflective Coatings
River Sands are distributors of the unique Acryloc Roofcote Supa Cool insulating and heat reflective roof membrane system. The RoofCote Supacool System uses advanced thermilate technology to effectively insulate the roof, together with special pigments that reflect radiant heat. The coating works to reduce the temperature within the building and significantly reduces air-conditioning costs.
Renders for Energy Efficient Material Systems
Our new division, Render Systems Australia have recently devoted extensive resources to the research and development of a new range of renders and coatings specifically designed for energy efficient materials, such as polystyrene light weight walls. The renders and coatings further increase the insulating properties of the wall and structure to thereby reduce greenhouse emissions.
Over the coming years, River Sands will continue with these initiatives and implement several more projects to improve our energy consumption and other effects on the environment. A large number of our staff are currently involved in a formal program of formulating smarter and more efficient control and operating procedures within all sites and offices. These models of efficiency will ultimately eliminate waste, improve energy consumption and assist with sustainable growth.
News & Events
River Sands supplies sand to the new Metricon Stadium
River Sands recently supplied 11,200 tonnes of turf sand for the new Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.
The world class stadium is home to the Gold Coast Suns football team and seats 25,000 spectators.
Our specialised USGA graded top dressing sand was utilised as a root zone application under the turf on both the main and practice ovals at the ground.
Our USGA approved turf sand is the ideal medium for allowing moisture and nutrients to continuously reach the roots, without drowning them.
River Sands top dressing sand has also been utilised at Skilled Park Stadium on the Gold Coast (home of the NRL Titans) as well as Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium and the Gabba.
Quartzon Chosen to Renovate flooded Southbank Waterpark
Quartzon Golden Star and Royal Blue pool interior renders were recently chosen to resurface Brisbane Southbank's Pool and Children's Aquativity Water Park.
The pool, which sustained major structural damage in the floods, had been resurfaced with Quartzon five years ago, and project managers chose Quartzon again due to the colourful, smooth and slip resistant characteristics it offers.
Quartzon Golden Star was used for the beach lagoon section of the pool while the richness of Quartzon's Royal Blue provided vivid colour, detail and interest in the Children's Aquativity area.