PPG announces its paint manufacturing facility in Huron, Ohio, has earned a 2016 Award for Excellence from the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC) for its multiyear recycling initiative.
The plant recycled 205 metric tons of materials in 2015, a 30 percent increase over the prior year, PPG says.
In late 2013, the Huron plant formed a cross-department recycling team that first assessed material use to identify potential recycling opportunities. The team established designated recycling areas and placed recycling containers in all departments to make the effort more visible and to encourage employee participation, PPG says.
In 2015, the recycling efforts enabled the facility to divert 250 metric tons of waste material from being placed in a landfill. The plant’s recycling team continues to meet monthly to find opportunities to add to its current efforts, which include recycling cans, bottles, cardboard, pallets, stretch wrap and super sacks, PPG says.
“We thank the OCTC for its recognition of the outstanding efforts of our recycling team and employees,” says Mike Acierto, distribution supervisor and recycling team lead at PPG’s Huron plant. “Reducing our environmental footprint is an important goal for our plant and for PPG globally, and we will continue to evaluate our operations for recycling opportunities as new technologies and materials are introduced to our manufacturing processes.”
In 2012, PPG set a goal of reducing its total waste-disposal intensity 10 percent by 2020. At the end of 2015, the company had reduced its global waste-disposal intensity 3.8 percent compared with 2012 levels. Additional information is available in the company’s 2015 Sustainability Report.
The OCTC Awards for Excellence recognize exceptional performance in environmental, health, safety and security by companies in Ohio’s chemical industry. PPG’s coatings plant in Delaware, Ohio, also earned a 2016 Award of Excellence for its recycling achievements, the company says.