A DEWSBURY firm has cut the amount of waste it sends to landfill by three-quarters as part of efforts to go “green” and improve efficiency.
Now it is working towards “total waste elimination” by recycling all its media materials.
Parker Racor, the European filter division of control technologies specialist Parker Hannifin, joined forces with the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme to reduce its waste to landfill by at least 75%.
The move underlines the firm’s environmental responsibility and has helped it to improve resource efficiency and sustainability.
Ros O’Connor, the firm’s environmental, safety and health co-ordinator, said: “This new environmental initiative goes hand in hand with Parker Racor’s desire to be at the forefront of being environmentally friendly and – just as importantly – safe manufacturing processes.
“Indeed, the programme will see the company saving 40 tonnes of “virgin” material, as well as cutting CO2 emissions by 103 tonnes.”
In particular, the company was keen to source a re-processor for certain kinds of waste created in the manufacturing process.
These concertina-type components used in vehicle fuel filters are unsuitable for conventional recycling because of their composition.
Historically, they had to be sent to landfill, but the company had been working to find a solution more appropriate to its forward-looking waste policy.
NISP analysed processes at Parker Racor to identify a specialist processor in Yorkshire.
The materials are now compacted and converted by the processor into compost and other useful by-products aimed at the farming market.
The move enables a massive 40 tonnes of waste material to be diverted from landfill every year.
Ros said: “As a key local employer, we are totally committed to the environment and our goal is to achieve maximum sustainability across all our manufacturing processes.
“This is a first step towards zero media waste and only one of the many initiatives that we are carrying out to care for our environment and our local community.”
Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered products for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets.
The company employs about 55,000 people in 46 countries around the world.