A manufacturing facility producing electrical components for engines and related parts, Mercury Marine’ Plant 7 in St. Cloud, Fla., has earned Fond du Lac, Wis., company’s “zero-waste-to-landfill” designation. Plant 7 is the fourth Mercury Marine facility to earn the designation, but is the company’s first manufacturing plant to achieve the distinction and the first to employ waste-to-energy methodology to help achieve this sustainability benchmark.
Sustainability is an ongoing effort at Mercury Marine.
The new was announced earlier this week in a Mercury Marine press release.
“As part of our sustainability goals, Mercury is taking decisive measures to reduce our climate impact, including reducing our dependence on landfill disposition of our waste across the enterprise,” said Scott Louks, Mercury Marine’s sustainability manager. “In all cases, this was no simple accomplishment. The distribution centers extensively deal with packing materials and containers that—without focused efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle—could generate considerable landfill waste. And avoiding the use of landfills when manufacturing electrical and plastic components likewise requires careful analysis and creative waste-stream solutions to minimize the impact on the environment.”
According to Bob Rock, materials manager at the St. Cloud facility, one of these creative solutions involves converting waste into a source of energy.
“Plant 7 recently launched a program to divert 250 tons annually of manufacturing waste—including paper, wood, plastics, cardboard and packaging materials—away from landfills to a company that manufactures a product it calls Enviro-Fuelcubes,” he explained in the release. “Designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as non-waste fuel, the cubes are an engineered alternative fuel designed to be a cost-effective and cleaner pound-for-pound replacement for coal and other traditional fossil fuels.
“Plant 7 waste materials will now go toward creating clean fuel for energy-intensive industrial processes such as the manufacture of cement and lime, as well as creating power for public consumption,” he continued. “After working for many years to put a lasting recycling program in place for waste generated by our injection-molding process, we have finally accomplished an even better solution. I’m proud to have led a team effort to develop a process that avoids contributions to air, soil and water pollutants resulting from landfill disposals.”
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