In 2018, the MPCA awarded $40,000 to Minneapolis-based Broadway Resource Recovery to replace a 1999 diesel excavator in their recycling facility with an an all-electric material handler.
The company is saving money on diesel fuel and helping their employees breathe easier in the building where the excavator operated. Diesel engines are the workhorse of society because of their pulling power and longevity. However, diesel emissions contain harmful compounds and fine particulates known to cause or trigger health issues, including respiratory and cardiovascular problems and cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for every dollar spent on diesel emissions reduction there is up to $13 in health benefits realized.
The new material handler is also stationary, which brings its own benefits. "The operators... have been very happy with how it operates," says Kathy Osborne, Broadway's Project Manager. "They’re not moving around as much because it is stationary. It doesn’t jerk or bounce them back and forth. They don’t feel as beat up at the end of the day.”
"In fact, we’re pleased enough with it that we are ordering a second electric material handler," Osborne added.
The waste company applied for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant in early 2018. Once approved, the electric handler was ordered and arrived in October. It was installed in November and has been in operation since then.
Osborne learned about these grants through her subscription to the MPCA clean diesel grant notices. She’s always trying to take advantage of opportunities to improve the workplace. “Next year, we’re looking to add six new ‘clean’ trucks to our fleet," she says. "I’ve applied for the EPA grant and the next PCA grant.”
Broadway Resource Recovery is a reminder business can benefit their bottom line while helping improve the environment and human health.