Most of WACKER’s 11 U.S. sites initiated or strengthened their recycling programs, and several took on activities that went far beyond paper, cans and bottles.
In Adrian, Mich., the logistics team recycled packaging and storage materials, contributing to a total of 17,640 wood pallets, 5,800 drums and 5,580 totes recycled since the team began this annually in 2020. The labs and other teams in Adrian improved their sample request process to treat returned samples or defected samples discovered through the quality assurance process to be sold to a domestic re-processor. The re-processor breaks the compounds apart for resale or sells it to someone who will reuse instead of disposing them.
Since process improvements can strengthen sustainability, teams took a closer look at their equipment. Adrian’s Room Temperature Vulcanization team adjusted its curing “recipe” which reduced screen waste by 95 percent. Additionally, their process adjustments reduced packaging time by more than five hours, adding to overall energy savings.
At WACKER’s Charleston, Tenn. location, employees proactively took on the charge through service. They participated in litter clean-up around the 550-acre campus, planting an on-site garden, strengthening their recycling program, and conducting other volunteer activities. While the location actively recycles onsite, this year, Charleston team members unable to recycle at home were encouraged to bring their personal recycling to the site, which resulted in 12,700 total pounds recycled.
Additionally, the annual Bradley County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day was bolstered by the help of the WACKER-Charleston volunteers. This community collection drive offered a safe way for citizens to dispose of chemicals and other hazardous waste from local households.
Globally, WACKER is committed to supporting the United Nation goal to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050 at the latest. Also, by 2030, WACKER aims to reach its corporate goal of having 90 percent of products made with a neutral or positive contribution to sustainability. For information about WACKER’s commitment to sustainability, visit https://www.wacker.com/cms/en-us/about-wacker/sustainability/overview/sustainability.html.
SOURCE Wacker Chemical Corp.