WINDSOR, Ontario - Ford of Canada has launched a recycling program it says will help save money as well as the environment.

The automaker plans to send spent sand and slag from its Windsor casting plant and Essex aluminum plant to outside companies for use in paving and building materials.

The program will reuse 115,000 tons of sand a year that would otherwise go into landfill, Ford said.

Tom Enright, manager of the Windsor casting plant, said the big winner is the environment, but Ford will also save at least $3 million a year in landfill costs.

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