News: UK - Zero landfill waste as remanufacturer boosts green credentials
Recycling projects pay off as two UK facilities achieve zero waste to landfill in 2010
Thursday, 6th January 2011
Caterpillar begin 2011 with their green credentials enhanced after two of the company's UK facilities achieved zero waste to landfill in 2010. The Caterpillar Remanufacturing & Components Division Hose Assembly plant in Leicester (UKHA) and the Caterpillar Logistics Services (Cat Logistics) site in Desford have reached 100 percent recycling in their respective facilities. The Cat Logistics Desford facility consists of several buildings housing both warehouse operations and administrative offices. It provides a wide range of logistics services to many different customers and distributes materials worldwide to include automotive, industrial and aerospace service parts, consumer durables, technology, electronics and manufacturing logistics. The facility has had a longstanding recycling programme in place as it generates tonnes of waste each year. In 2008, a project team set the goal of zero landfill and 100-percent of waste recycled. Implemented in March 2009, the new processes quickly improved recycling percentages to such an extent that on October 2010, the site was able to record one full year of 100-percent recycling, saving the company £116,372 in the first 12 months. The UKHA facility achieved zero landfill by effectively increasing the facility's recycling rate by an additional 25 to 30 percent from previous years through a project implemented in September 2009, making cost savings of £9,843. Caterpillar Chairman and CEO, Doug Oberhelman, said: "Caterpillar recognises that providing sustainable solutions starts with having sustainable operations. That's why we've established corporate long-term goals focused on sustainability for all of our operations worldwide. "One of those operational goals is to eliminate waste by reducing waste generation and reusing or recycling all that remains." The Desford facility achievements have been recognised throughout England. It has received the Green Apple Award from The Green Organization and reached the finals of the National Recycling Awards.