Since 2006, and perhaps even earlier, 97% to 98% of our waste was being repurposed
Watertown, CT, USA (Vocus) October 10, 2009
Siemon , a worldwide leader in IT network infrastructure, today announced that its global headquarters and United States manufacturing facility is a zero-landfill operation. According to an extensive ISO-14001 driven internal audit, over 99% of the waste material at Siemon's Watertown, CT campus is recycled, reused or repurposed in an environmentally sustainable manner. Siemon is the first and only network cabling manufacturer to achieve this notable green milestone and the first manufacturing company in the State of Connecticut to reach this level of recycling.
As part of extensive efficiency and environmental management programs, Siemon maintains a 95% recycling rate on all waste material, including manufacturing by-products and office scrap. These ongoing recycling efforts ensured that over 900 tons of waste materials were reused in 2008 alone. All remaining non-recyclable items are transported to a local waste-to-energy plant, where they are incinerated under carefully controlled conditions to produce electricity. A small amount of ash, the by-product of the waste-to-energy process, is all that reaches a landfill.
This program combines extended recycling capabilities with strong employee support. Clearly marked recycling stations are located throughout the facility to help separate waste material into proper containers - even compost bins are provided to ensure that food scraps do not end up in the trash.
According to Paul Knickerbocker, Siemon's Plant Engineering and Facilities Manager, achieving the zero-landfill benchmark was not a function of a single effort, but years of full-scale efficiency and waste management initiatives. "Since 2006, and perhaps even earlier, 97% to 98% of our waste was being repurposed," explained Knickerbocker. "To get beyond 99%, we looked hard at our garbage and found that with the right recycling programs, we could divert even more from the garbage waste stream."
Carl Siemon, the company's President and CEO, was quick to point out the employees' role in the zero-landfill achievement. "This is a team effort all the way," he explained. "To make it work, everyone at Siemon has truly stepped up their recycling efforts. While that has paid great dividends here, we also hope it encourages more recycling at home and beyond."
While zero-landfill status is viewed as a progressive and far-reaching environmental achievement, Knickerbocker cautioned that it is only one element of a comprehensive green effort, joining Siemon's implementation of a renewable solar energy program, forestland conservation efforts and more. "When you have made environmental stewardship a matter of corporate culture for as long as we have, it is hard to look at any one benchmark and say 'we've made it.' We're proud to be zero-landfill, but we can't lose sight of Siemon's other, equally-important green initiatives."
For more information on Siemon's environmental initiatives, visit http://www.siemon.com/green.
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global offices, manufacturing and service partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) category 5e, category 6 (Class E), category 6A (Class EA) and category 7/7A (Class F/FA), and multimode and singlemode optical fiber cabling systems available. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, from patch cords to patch panels, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company's long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.
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