Local business makes a difference for the environment
Citizen Telegram Contributor
Terry and Lee Kirk, owners of Silt Tool Rental, are in business to help solve your project and building problems.
Terry sees those problems as a challenge and has designed his shop and yard inventory by anticipating the do-it-yourselfer and professional builder’s needs.
Outside of Silt Tool, Terry operates Star Pre-cast Concrete in Parachute and has 30 years in the concrete business, but his efforts to create building components and provide the tools and expertise to get that building job done don’t stop there.
Terry is an inventor and innovator in the concrete business in several ways. Many of the components that his company makes are not only recycled but replaceable and easily able to be relocated. He is rightfully proud of his accomplishments in business and building innovation and expertise but he seems most excited and enthusiastic about keeping tons of waste glass out of the landfill.
A home-owner would be able to change the location of their patio or kennel by moving the interlocking pavers instead of breaking up a slab and disposing broken concrete at the landfill for a cost. This is also true of commercial applications such as well pads, parking lots, green houses, out building floors and cold storage cellars.
He also has invented the concept and designed the mold for his magnum paver — heavy duty interlocking pavers that are designed for any kind of light to heavy industrial use. He also designed a driveway partial pavement component that provides great traction at a fraction of the price of a gravel driveway. His mold and design has been sold all over the country along with his proprietary blend of concrete and recipe for including crushed glass in the mix.
In downtown Silt and at Silt Tool you can see the spectacular planter pots and benches made out of Terry’s proprietary blend of crushed glass and concrete. The planter pots can be ordered in ceramic tiles applied by local crafts people or a basket weave design. The planter pots can be poured in a wide selection of colored concrete or stucco. Terry aims to please and claims that he can create any design or make anything a customer wants because he and his talented staff have the expertise to make it happen.
Most of the glass comes from the Eagle County Recycle Center in Eagle, as well as friends and local people who save up their glass to see it directly re-purposed into useful items. Some of the items get to be fanciful, such as yard ornaments, but the pavers and wall blocks are always popular and certainly useful when builders are dealing with contoured properties and want to get creative with their architectural details.
“Your imagination is the only limitation,” Terry said.
An article in the September 2011 issue of Waste Advantage Magazine highlighted Terry’s Silt Tool business and noted that many rural communities create a lot of glass waste that becomes a great burden and expense for these communities in terms of logistics and cost to recycle the glass, which amounts to 60-70 percent of all the waste material that is recyclable. The trade magazine says that it just makes a lot of sense for more businesses to follow the lead of Silt Tool and process the glass for local uses.
The glass is sorted, crushed, tumbled and screened, producing tiny glass rocks or sand with no sharp edges, that gets mixed in with the cement. Just one of the 330 pound blocks contains 250 pounds of crushed glass which keeps about 250 glass bottles out of the landfill.
Terry has a wide assortment of colors of concrete, which is not only beautiful but the dark colors look natural and it uses solar heat to help keep driveways and walkways free of snow and ice.
Terry also makes structurally engineered building blocks for building homes and shop buildings. The blocks are tongue and groove, solidly engineered to specifications with no warping. There is a house on the Crystal River, one at Iron Mountain Resort, and in Silverton, as well as the Kirk’s home in Silt, all built out of the concrete components.
Visit Silt Tool on Frontage Road in Silt and check out their extensive website at starprecastconcrete.com to see the full line of building components and materials for yourself.
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