Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI) is proud of making good on its sustainability commitments around the world. Recently, its Dongming, China facility ranked number one amongst 28 companies in the Liaoning Province Green Mine Selection Program.
Green Mine is a policy set by the China Ministry of Natural Resources to drive green mining development. The program ranks companies based on extensive requirements that focus on sustainable utilization of resources; energy saving; emission reduction; technological innovation—including new technologies in resource development and utilization, environmental protection, energy conservation, emission reduction, etc., as well as digital resources and reserves models; and social responsibility and company culture.
MTI’s Dongming plant is the first bentonite company in the region to receive this recognition, setting a new, higher standard for the industry to implement green mining practices.
Mining pit and road
The terrain was leveled by removing a steep slope, roads were repaired, and a drainage capability was added along the main road.
About 1 hectare of pit was backfilled and reclaimed, both waste rock and soil were stripped from MTI’s mines. The water in the pit is now being used for processing and greening.
The waste dump’s slope was reshaped and greenery planted, retaining walls were built to stop slope movement and sandbags were used to avoid water and soil loss.