A & E Recycled Granite Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
On March 1, A&E Recycled Granite (A&E) celebrated their one-year anniversary. According to owner, Julie Olauson, the company diverted over 200 tons of granite and other natural stone waste from Arizona landfills in their first year of operation. Using locally sourced remnant material, they manufacture solid natural stone products. The business is family owned and operated and allows teaching the next generation that good stewardship sometimes requires a lot of effort and perseverance.
The products that A&E produces are made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer waste. Larger pieces of scrap are turned into pavers and fire pits, and pieces too small for that process are used to create split stone tile blends. They don’t crush and reform the granite using epoxies, resins or other chemicals, Thus, their process does not produce harmful pollutants, reduces the need to mine additional material, and gives consumers a sustainable product option.
A&E is committed to educating the public on the need to use sustainable granite products. Using various different venues, they educate students, consumers and trade partners and offer informative tours of their facility to highlight the recycling processes. They also partner with local countertop fabricators such as; Granite Specialists, Tucson Stoneworks and Granite Kitchen and Bath to encourage recycling, change existing industry practices and create a collaborative relationship that benefits the environment.