Pratt's Myles Cohen (at right) is joined by Mayor Randy Mills at the tree-planting.

Pratt Industries celebrated Earth Week with events across the country including a ceremonial ground breaking and tree planting at the site of the soon to be constructed solid-waste transfer station at the company’s corporate campus in Conyers, Ga.¬†Pratt is constructing this transfer station as part of a long-term public-private partnership between the company and the city.

“The contract transitions Conyers’ municipal solid-waste collection to Pratt’s Recycling Division,” said division president Myles Cohen. Additionally, the transfer station will also accept residential and commercial solid waste from other waste haulers and cities in Georgia.

“We see this as a new opportunity to create jobs, protect the environment, and divert valuable resources from being sent to a landfill – so it’s good for everyone,” he said.

Any recoverable paper entering the transfer station will be diverted from landfill, and used to make 100 percent recycled paper at the company’s Conyers mill. Other commodities coming into the transfer station that can serve as feedstock for the company’s on-site waste-to-clean-energy plant will also be diverted from landfills to create renewable energy.

As part of the celebrations, local dignitaries including Conyers Mayor Randy Mills joined Myles in planting a 10-foot red maple on the site.

“This is our way of acknowledging the responsibility we all have to the environment and future generations,” Myles said.