National recycles about 2 million of Norfolk Southern’s railroad ties to be used for boiler fuel. This job alone offsets the greenhouse gas and fossil fuel impact of 10,000 people.
National Salvage & Service Corporation handles the removal and recycling of Norfolk Southern’s railroad ties. The job, which spans the eastern U.S., amounts to the recycling of about 2 million ties per year. National removes the ties and sorts them according to quality and wear, selling some for reuse in projects such as fences and retaining walls and grinding the rest to be used as boiler fuel. National pays Norfolk Southern for each tie it salvages or recycles.
National grinds 80,000 tons of railroad ties per year in its treated wood recycling facility, the largest in the U.S. This job requires unloading 150 rail cars per week, picking up ties for more than 1,000 road crossings per year and coordinating rail and truck transportation for 8,000 truck loads of ties. National has served as Norfolk Southern’s tie recycler since 2001.
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