Circular Economy Solutions
These projects represent best practices and/or programs that reduce waste and improve productivity of resources, enabling a circular system that achieves positive environmental and economic results.
The winners will be announced at the 40th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards gala presented by SRP in the spring of 2022.
Since 1997, Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology (AZ StRUT) has been reducing Arizona e-waste to create a circular economy. AZ StRUT solicits and accept donations of electrical equipment, sorts the equipment, and then refurbishes, reuses or recycles all pieces. AZ StRUT also trains classes and offers hands-on workshops to build a commitment to responsible environmental e-waste practices as well as technology hardware skills. Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology
The Florence Copper Production Test Facility, a small-scale Production Test Facility, successfully demonstrated that copper ore can be safely extracted from below ground using the in-situ copper recovery (ISCR) mining process. ISCR allows for copper extraction without excessive land disturbance and waste piles that result from traditional mining practices. The Production Test Facility’s 18-month long project proves ISCR as a viable environmental model for copper extraction that meets the highest regulatory standards. Florence Copper
Intel’s latest water conservation investment, an on-site water recycling facility covering 12 acres of Intel’s Ocotillo campus, has the capacity to process and treat approximately 9 million gallons of water daily. The facility leverages several processes to treat water used in Intel’s high-tech manufacturing before sending water back to the factory for reuse. An investment of this size and scale sets a new standard for Arizona companies and corporate water stewardship. Intel