Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., recently received the annual Environmental Responsibility Award presented by California’s Industrial Environmental Association and Manufacturer’s Technology Association.
The award, open to local, federal, state and local government, service industries, public works projects and non-governmental organizations, recognizes organizations that demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development and pollution prevention.
Such programs can include waste reduction and recycling, alternative fuels development, energy conservation, resource management, water use reduction and recycling and emissions reductions.
“This is a prestigious award and provides independent validation of Safety-Kleen’s commitment to sustained environmental stewardship,” said Safety-Kleen CEO and President Frederick J. Florjancic. “Environmental excellence literally defines who Safety-Kleen is, what we do, and how we do it, and we are committed to providing world-class environmental services in California and across the country.”
Safety-Kleen, a privately held company, is the leading oil recycling and re-refining, parts cleaner and industrial waste management services company in North America, with approximately 4,500 employees serving hundreds of thousands of customers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Accepting the award, Safety-Kleen Branch Manager Kevin Preston noted that Safety-Kleen is the first and only cleaning and environmental services company to implement nation wide an Environmental Management System (EMS) that adheres to ISO 14001 standards of excellence. ISO 14001 is the international standards program that measures and certifies that a company’s processes and programs meet the highest environmental compliance standards in the world.
“Our EMS program separates us from the rest of the industry,” Preston said, “and, in combination with our program to help customers better understand options and disposal technologies, more customers are opting for higher reuse alternatives, particularly in the areas of re-refined oil and recycled solvents.”
Preston said that in the last three years, Safety-Kleen has processed more than 400 million gallons of used oil, and returned more than 1 million gallons of re-refined oil products to the market in California alone, all while reducing dependency on foreign oil while significantly reducing greenhouse gas and heavy metal emissions.
Preston also noted that Safety-Kleen’s new industrial cleaning products provide effective cleaning alternatives without the use of phosphates or chlorinated, non-biodegradable chemistries.
The Environmental Responsibility Award was presented to Safety-Kleen on November 15 at the 5th Annual Environmental and Regulatory Issues Conference Awards luncheon in San Diego, CA.