Michelin Retread reduces plant environment footprint

Updated Jul 26, 2016

Michelin Retread Technologies (MRT) in Covington, Ga., has made significant progress in reducing the plant’s environmental footprint, which is part of a company-wide commitment and priority to improving what it calls sustainable mobility.

In the last decade, the Covington facility, which is SmartWay certified, has lowered its footprint by 75 percent in the critical areas of emissions, energy consumption, use of water and waste management.

“The success in reducing the environmental footprint of the Covington site is a credit to both the plant and central teams who are working together to ensure continued progress toward this key ambition,” says Terry Redmile, Covington plant manager.  “There are still opportunities for further improvement, which is why our teams remain actively engaged in further reducing the site’s energy consumption and finding outlets where remaining waste streams can be reutilized.”

With the installation of a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer, a system which captures Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from the finishing lines, the Covington facility is able to burn off emissions prior to being released into the atmosphere, the company says.

In addition, as part of managing its waste per ton of product, the Covington plant is able to recycle all its cured rubber scrap, the company says.

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