Here at the Cereplast, Seymour, Indiana, manufacturing plant, waste reduction and recycling are an integral part of our daily activities. As we continue to expand and upgrade our manufacturing capabilities, minimizing waste and maximizing our recycling opportunities are key considerations as we apply sustainable methods and strive for a waste free operation. Aligning our local site goals with our overall corporate philosophy of preserving the environment, we recognize the environmental impact a manufacturing facility can have. With an approach that focuses on continuous improvement and performance measurement, the Seymour plant has been able to achieve a 90% recycle rate, of all total waste volume generated on a monthly average basis for 2011.
Minimizing the amount of waste given to waste disposal facilities is a goal we can all support. Examination of the raw material packaging, process work station task input and output, equipment consumptions, and maintenance and material handling requirements are just a few areas that tend to generate waste in both the operational plant and office. After reviewing these areas from a waste generation, time and effort requirement standpoint, we found various ways we could improve. With identification, collection and segregation/sorting education given to all personnel, working with our suppliers and contractors, and critically examining our process from receipt of raw materials to the shipment of finished goods, we can make a difference for our environment, while improving our overall efficiency. A list of recycled items at the Seymour plant include: Cardboard boxes, wood pallets, woven fiber flexbags, scrap metal, plastic purgings, pellets and bottles, paper products, used oil, other waste liquids and aluminum cans.
Whether it’s a manufacturing plant, work office, or residential home…take a moment to “consider the environment”, and with a little initiative, you might find you can have a positive environmental impact too.