OAKLAND, CA September 23, 2019:  AB&I Foundry teamed up with Argent Materials and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley on September 21 to take part in the Battle for the Bay cleanup day. In addition to dozens of AB&I and Argent team members, volunteers from The Beautification Council, Cypress Mandela Training Center and Men of Valor provided additional on-the-ground-support. These passionate volunteers showed up to clean up their East Oakland neighborhoods. Oakland says it has at least 100 illegal dumping hot spots.

“This illegal dumping remediation is paramount to the local community. By working as a team with local businesses, residents, and community leadership, we are collectively finding ways to combat the disheartening behavior of illegal dumping while improving the community where people live and work,” said Michael Lowe, general manager of AB&I Foundry. 

Battle for the Bay coincided with the 24th annual Oakland Creek to Bay Day and is part of California and International Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer day in California and the world. On this day, thousands of volunteers remove litter from waterways and shorelines, as well as upstream areas across California, the nation, and in about 100 participating countries.

"This is part of our commitment to Oakland. We clean more than two miles of streets around our business every day alongside industry partners like AB&I Foundry. We're glad the mayors are working together to address the challenge of dumping along our shorelines and throughout our communities, and we're proud to partner with Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley to support the Battle for the Bay," said Bill Crotinger, president of Argent Materials 

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf expressed her appreciation. "One of the many things I love about Oakland are companies like AB&I and Argent Materials that really step up for our community. With their help, I hope Oakland can win this Battle for the Bay cleanup competition, and more importantly, make progress in the daily battle against litter and illegal dumping in our communities." 

"Illegal dumping knows no boundaries, which is why I'm glad the mayors are addressing it as a regional issue,” added Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley.

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Isaac Kos-Read
Argent Materials

About Argent Materials – Argent was formed in 2013 to provide a resource to contractors for disposal of concrete and asphalt and a reliable resource for aggregate products within the East Bay. Their recycling many thousands of tons of construction debris per year diverts it from going to a landfill or creating the need for mining or quarrying. Argent also saves an estimated 5 million vehicle miles traveled by heavy (and not-so-ecofriendly) trucks that would otherwise have to drive to and from the North Bay or the Altamont area. Learn more at https://argentmaterials.com.

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