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EMS Helps Company Achieve Zero Landfill

Crown Equipment’s environmental management system (EMS) has helped the material handling equipment manufacturer improve its environmental performance and achieve zero landfill at three of its facilities, the Sustainable Manufacturer Network reports.

The EMS also helped the company achieve recognition by the Ohio EPA, which gave Crown a first-ever gold-level award in its Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program, the trade publication reports. To earn a gold-level award, a business must have an EMS in place.

While Crown had been using the EMS for several years, it formalized its environmental management process, tying it into ISO 14001, in 2010. This also improved customer satisfaction, the company says, adding that “numerous customers” in the US and worldwide would ask “Do you have an ISO 14001 or environmental management system in place?”

The company’s three zero-landfill facilities are its New Knoxville electric motors and plastic parts facility (2010); New Bremen electronics manufacturing plant (2011); and Crown Lift Truck plant in Dayton (2012). The Sustainable Manufacturer Network says before achieving zero landfill, the Dayton facility sent about 150 to 200 cubic yards of waste to landfills each year. To reduce its waste, the company implemented recycling initiatives and removed disposable items; it now generates 200 cubic yards of recyclables and 60 cubic yards of non-recyclable waste, which is used for power generation.

Additionally, the New Knoxville facility plant reduced its waste management costs from $30,000 per year to $15,000 per year.

In October, Hershey said two more of its plants have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status, bringing the company’s count to six US plants — eight total facilities — that no longer dispose routine waste into landfills.

 

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