|Cummins announces first sites to achieve 'Zero Disposal'|
That means waste doesn't go to a landfill and can only be incinerated at a waste-to-energy facility after reasonable efforts to reduce, re-use and recycle. And then it must produce more energy than needed to merely sustain combustion.
The first four plants certified by the company as Zero Disposal are Cummins Turbo Technologies (CTT) in
"Congratulations to the leaders and employees at the sites and all the partners that made these outstanding achievements possible," said Cummins'
"Achieving Zero Disposal status is truly a team effort that takes a commitment by many people inside and outside of the sites to develop and implement a comprehensive waste strategy," Mormino added. "The benefits to the environment and the business of these efforts are significant."
As part of its environmental sustainability plan, the company has established a goal of increasing its overall recycling rate from about 90 percent in 2014 to 95 percent by 2020. In addition, Cummins wants to reach Zero Disposal status at 30 sites by that same year.
Collectively, the first four locations designated Zero Disposal generated almost 26 million pounds of waste in 2014 that had to be recycled or reused in some way. The four sites reported three consistent factors that were critical to their success:
The sites established information boards where employees could see how their particular location was doing toward the Zero Disposal goal in addition to color-coded bins where they could place their recyclables.
All four sites also had a financial incentive to reduce, re-use or recycle in the form of taxes, fees and regulations discouraging disposal in landfills.
Cummins has a robust certification process to determine if sites are managing their waste effectively and if vendors are properly handling material both at the company location and if it leaves a Cummins site.
"We have several more sites that are very close to achieving Zero Disposal status," Mormino said. "I'm very encouraged by our start toward reaching this important goal of having 30 sites certified as Zero Disposal by 2020."