Superior Essex Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill Certification
for Third Consecutive Year
Superior Essex is excited to announce that it has been recertified as Zero Waste to Landfill for the third consecutive year! When the company originally received its Zero Waste to Landfill certification in 2015 for its cable manufacturing facility in Hoisington, Kansas, it was the first Zero Waste certification ever achieved by a communications cable manufacturer. Since 2015, the company has continued maintain its Zero Waste to Landfill status for three consecutive years, preventing over 13.5 million pounds of waste from reaching landfills.
Zero Waste to Landfill certification is a means of recognizing the achievement of a 100% landfill waste diversion rate. Landfill waste diversion, defined as the prevention and reduction of generated waste through source reduction, recycling, reuse, or composting, has been characterized as one of the best ways manufacturing companies can demonstrate genuine environmental responsibility. Superior Essex was awarded its Zero Waste to Landfill certification by GreenCircle Certified, LLC., a prominent third-party certifier of environmental claims.
The journey to zero waste status took nine years for Superior Essex and required several wholesale manufacturing changes within the company. The company has also reduced its manufacturing waste by 16% since 2011, and continued to reduce certain types of manufacturing waste such as scrap FEP wire and reprocessed FEP waste by 12.27% and 6.05% by weight, respectively, which contributes to an overall environmental impact reduction of its operations.
A true zero waste facility accounts for the potential waste created throughout its entire downstream process, including that of third-parties who are involved in the recycling and reuse of waste materials. For Superior Essex, it must continuously ensure that the companies it uses to recycle scrap metal, wood, plastic and other materials are not sending their waste by-products to a landfill.
“We are extremely proud of the commitment our company and our Hoisington plant employees have made to achieve this environmental milestone,” says Eric Perry, Vice President, Applications Engineering and Quality at Superior Essex. “With products that are deployed all over the world, it is imperative to recognize how those products interact with the environment at large, and to ensure that those interactions are positive.”
“We congratulate Superior Essex on not only achieving Zero Waste to Landfill certification, but continued certification year after year,” says Tad Radzinski, Certification Officer, GreenCircle Certified. “We appreciate the challenges associated with identifying and eliminating waste streams, as well as the difficulty of maintaining this policy. This accomplishment is testament to Superior Essex’s commitment to sustainability, ability to think proactively and strategically, and continued leadership in environmental responsibility. We look forward to next year’s certification!”