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“This is the biggest benefit with recycling – the cost,” said Fiessel.
“It’s a lot less expensive than virgin materials. There aren’t a lot of
rocks around the Regina area, so the rocks are coming from else-where
and then hauled here. The environmental impact is there,
too. You’re having to truck in a lot of materials from hundreds of ki-lometres
away, whereas the recycled material is already here. You’ll
cut your costs by quite a bit.”
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Rock Crusher Recycling, along with W.F. Botkin Construction and
ASL Paving, are the main companies in Saskatchewan that offer re-cycling
Rock Crusher Recycling is a family-run business that has been op-erating
in Regina for nearly 40 years. Fiessel and his brothers Craig
and Michael – Michael passed away in 2014 – took over the business
in 2013 from their father, Ervin Fiessel.
Ervin was raised on a Saskatchewan farm and worked for an en-gineering
company through his early 20s. The company abruptly
closed its doors and owed Ervin a severance, but because it couldn’t
afford to pay Ervin monetarily, it instead gave him a core drill.
This unusual gift is how Ervin started his career in material recy-cling.
A modest start saw him coring and slab cutting.
Today, Fiessel and Craig see the majority of their business in recy-cling
concrete, as well as cutting and concrete demolition.
Their “office” sits on a seven-acre lot in north Regina, with three
acres dedicated to recycled materials that can be purchased by con-tractors
for commercial use. Fiessel says that recycled concrete is
popular in the farming circles, too, as farmers lay the product for en-trance
roads because it stands up well to heavy machinery like com-bines
and other trucks.
Much of the material at Rock Crusher Recycling is one- or two-inch
rock that is primarily used as a subbase.
The crusher they use is an impact crusher that creates a more
cubical material. Most other crushers will produce a product with
Using recycled materials for road building and other projects, ac-cording
to Fiessel, is growing in popularity. (Recycled asphalt is pop-ular
for the top layer because it keeps the dust down.)
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