awarded for recycling
For recycling almost 50,000 tons of materials,
Con Edison has captured one of the federal Environmental Protection
Agency’s (EPA) highest honors, a WasteWise Gold Achievement award
for industrial material recycling.
This award recognizes the company’s performance in 2008 for recycling
90 percent of the total waste materials handled. This success
translated to close to 50,000 tons of waste materials from company
In addition to recycling common materials like paper and cardboard,
Con Edison also recycles industrial materials that have been
reclaimed from utility operations, such as metal and scrap cable,
sand and soil from excavation sites and construction and demolition
Con Edison’s recycling program saves money and manages materials
in an environmentally sound way. In 2008 alone, the company estimated
that it saved over $19 million through its waste-reduction efforts.
Programs range from directives requiring two-sided copies throughout
administrative offices to a metal recycling program from company
As part of joining the EPA WasteWise voluntary reporting program,
Con Edison began to track all materials it recycles. In 2008,
the company estimated it recycled:
- 33,000 tons of sand and dirt.
- 11,500 tons of metal.
- 3,400 tons of trash.
- 1,300 tons of construction and demolition debris.
- 100 tons of wood.
- 400 tons of mixed office paper.
- 150 tons of corrugated cardboard.
- 140 tons of skids and chairs.
- 120 tons of plastic.
- 50 tons of electronic equipment.
In 2009, Con Edison achieved a 91 percent recycling rate for
its generation of 67,000 tons of the same material streams. This
represents a trend in material reuse and cost savings that the
company is seeking to not only maintain, but also improve upon