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Foundry Sand Recycling Forum - Soils Applications
Hosted by Ohio State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Foundry Society and Foundry Industry Recycling Starts Today

Landscape architects, civil engineers and developers in many areas are faced with a challenge. Natural topsoil, which may have taken thousands of years to build up, has been stripped away through urban development, mining or erosion. Once excavated and stockpiled, the remaining soil often no longer has the structural foundation necessary for good plant growth. Frequently, sand is a necessary amendment to help rebuild vital soil structure. The economics of adding sand, however, can be a significant barrier due to availability and logistics.

This workshop will present information on the use of spent foundry sands as ingredients in manufactured soils.  Foundry sands have excellent physical properties that are needed by many commercial soil blenders.  Whether used to create general landscaping soils, nursery and horticultural soils, turf growth media, or biorentention soils, foundry sands present opportunities to achieve sustainability goals by reusing materials that might otherwise be discarded.
In 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Foundry Sand Statement endorsing the use of properly managed ferrous and aluminum foundry sands.  More recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture has completed a multi-phase research project evaluating the safety of foundry sands in soils-based applications. That research study, whose conclusions will be presented here, shows that ferrous and aluminum foundry sands have comparable environmental profiles to native soils. Thus, on both physical and environmental grounds, foundry sands will be of interest to landscape architects and other soils professionals.

Registered attendees may receive CEU's for their participation. Foundry Industry Recycling Starts Today, Inc. ("FIRST") is a 501(c)(3) research and education organization. Our mission is to provide information, outreach, and technology transfer for the recycling of industry by-products. Please contact us for information about other programs and memberships.

Soils Industry Registration ($195.00)
Foundry Industry Registration ($195.00)
Government/Non-Profit Registration ($95.00)
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