International Society for Industrial Ecology

Companies try to recycle all waste, send nothing to landfill

31 Jan 2012 2:35 PM | Anonymous
By Wendy Koch, USA Today


Food leftovers as worm bedding? At a DuPont warehouse in Lockport, N.Y., cafeteria waste is turned into compost that's used for its landscaping.

At other DuPont facilities, shipping pallets are repaired or shred into chips to make animal bedding, and scrap pieces of Corian are recycled into new countertops or used as landscape stone. Food waste that's not composted is turned into energy.

DuPont Building Innovations, which makes countertops and Tyvek building wrap, announced earlier this month that undefined within three years undefined it has slashed the annual amount of waste it sends to landfills from 81 million pounds to zero. Yes, zero.

"It's good for our business," both its bottom line and public image, says spokeswoman Patty Seif.

What was a nascent zero-landfill movement a few years ago in Corporate America is mushrooming into a common strategy to save money and boost environmental credibility. Every month, a wider array of companies reports zero or near-zero landfill status, following automakers such as Subaru that have led the way.

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