PLYMOUTH, Mich., May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With landfill space at a premium throughout the world, a Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies plant in Mexico is making an environmental difference every day by recycling nearly 100 percent of its industrial scrap and waste.
Freudenberg-NOK's Cuautla facility, in the state of Morelos, adopted an aggressive recycling program nine months ago in keeping with the company's overall push to embrace sustainability as a business objective. The plant had no recycling initiatives in place when it began development of the program and all of its trash was landfilled. Today the facility recycles approximately 17 tons – 99 percent of what it produces – in monthly trash.
The achievement represents a benchmark in recycling programs among the company's 21 industrial facilities in the Americas, said David Lawson, Director of Health, Safety and the Environment for Freudenberg-NOK. Where other recycling programs have addressed some plant waste streams, like packaging debris or paper and plastic trash, the Cuautla program is all encompassing and addresses every waste steam in the facility, from rubber and industrial scrap to paper, plastic, wood, metal, glass and even organic waste.