Wester Suffolk BOCES Goes Green

Western Suffolk BOCES, an educational center for Long Island students, has installed new "recycled" sidewalks made of post-consumer glass. The paving surface is also porous, making it ideal for combating stormwater and drainage issues.

Dix Hills, NY, July 22, 2010 --(PR.com)-- This month Western Suffolk BOCES, as part of a revitalization project, received new "recycled" sidewalks. Installed by contractor Excav Services of Wading River, the new walks are made of post-consumer recycled glass, are completely porous and allow water to infiltrate naturally back to groundwater - as nature intended.

Excav Services, the regional installer of this new green technology, installed the walks with architect Ira Bernson of BB&S of Patchogue, NY.

With increasing stormwater concerns and regulations, porous pavement becomes a more attractive and popular solution than traditional paving every day. Using recycled glass solves the additional problem of excess glass in landfills – which does not, contrary to popular belief, end up utilized in new glass products. The glass also creates a reflective surface that, while providing great traction, is visually pleasing especially on a sunny day.

An added benefit of the recycled glass product is that the two part polymer used to bind the glass forms natural covalent bonds with hydrocarbons – which means that when oil or oily water passes through the surface, the oil is bound while the water continues through. In this sense the paving surface acts as a filter.

Recycled glass pavement is relatively new to the tri-state area, though it has been in place in several installations across the nation for over five years. Previous installations on Long Island include a public boat ramp in Mattituck, NY and a community garden in Brooklyn, NY. Both installations were handled by Excav Services.

For more information, visit http://www.excavservices.com/filterpave

Robert Governale, President

Excav Services
Robert Governale