Power management company Eaton says its two facilities located at the Tczew campus have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill.
Eaton defines “zero waste-to-landfill” as consistently achieving a landfill waste diversion rate of 98 percent through either reuse, composting, recycling or incineration — but only if the heat generated by incineration is collected and used in order to create more energy than was required for the incineration process. Eaton zero-waste sites undergo an intensive audit process that includes verifying that at least 98 percent of a site’s waste is diverted consistently for three months.
In 2014, Eaton reduced its landfilled wastes by about 7 percent, or 1,500 metric tons, as part of a global zero-waste-to-landfill program. This eliminated 2,500 metric tons of CO2 that otherwise would have been released during the transportation and storage of landfilled wastes in 2014. Together, more than 50 Eaton sites around the world have achieved the goal of sending zero waste to the landfill.
The Tczew campus’ waste reduction program began in 2013. A plan was developed that called for landfilled materials such as metal scrap, cardboard, pallets, plastic, general office trash and other wastes to be recycled, reused, converted to energy or eliminated from work processes. Employee training was another major plan component.