facilities achieve zero waste to landfill in 2010
In line with Caterpillar Inc.’s global commitment
to sustainable development, two Caterpillar facilities achieved
zero waste to landfill in 2010. The Caterpillar Remanufacturing & Components
Division United Kingdom Hose Assembly (UKHA) plant in Leicester,
England and the Caterpillar Logistics Services (Cat Logistics)
Desford, England operations have reached 100 percent recycling
in their respective facilities.
“Caterpillar recognizes that providing sustainable solutions
starts with having sustainable operations. That’s why we’ve established
corporate long-term goals focused on sustainability for all of
our operations worldwide,” said Caterpillar chairman and CEO,
The Cat Logistics Desford facility consists of several buildings
housing both warehouse operations and administrative offices.
It provides a wide range of logistics services to many different
customers and distributes materials worldwide. A global operation
of this magnitude generates tons of waste each year, and the
facility has had a longstanding recycling program in place. In
2008, a project team set the goal of zero landfill and 100 percent
of waste recycled. Implemented in March 2009, the new processes
quickly improved recycling percentages to such an extent that
on October 2010, the site was able to record one full year of
100 percent recycling.
Cat Logistics Desford facility results include:
- Segregation of waste has increased considerably from an
original 6 different streams to more than 30 today and so increasing
- Many of the waste streams are now baled/bundled. Baling
waste has many advantages including increased weight per volume
and reduced transportation costs. The baling has reduced transportation
involved by 50 percent when moving waste off site. The best example
is shipping cardboard, which was previously only two tons per
vehicle, and baling has increased loads to 22 tons per vehicle
– an 11 fold improvement.
- Office waste was originally all collected in a single bin
and sent to landfill. The introduction of smaller desktop bins
has encouraged everyone to generate less waste, and segregated
collection points has ensured all material is recycled.
- Through increased knowledge of the recycling industry,
the facility has been able to increase recycling and prepare
waste to ensure it can be recycled and the best price obtained.
- A $183,984 cost saving was realized in the first year following
implementation of the new processes.
The Desford facility achievements have been recognized throughout
England. It has received the Green Apple Award from The Green
Organization and reached the finals of the National Recycling
The UKHA facility achieved zero landfill by effectively increasing
the facility’s recycling rate by an additional 25 to 30 percent
from previous years.
UKHA project results include:
- A total waste management system was developed to maximize
revenues generated from recyclables and to start recycling waste
rubber hydraulic hoses.
- A system was created to ensure UKHA reaches and maintains
100 percent facility recycling.
- The environmental metrics reporting procedure was simplified
- A $15,562 cost savings has been realized since the implementation
of the project in September 2009.