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June 2007

Emerald winners find new methods to reduce, reuse, and recycle

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) awarded innovators of new ideas and methods to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The Emerald awards were presented in May in Easton, Ohio.

Among this year’s winners: The Map Furniture Bank, The Anheuser-Busch Columbus Brewery, The Columbus Coca-Cola Syrup plant, two educators, Rockwell Automation of Columbus, Corna-Kokosing Construction and Clean Water Limited of Columbus.

Corna-Kokosing Construction received the 2007 SWACO Board of Trustees Emerald for its leadership in the community. The company was one of the first to hire a full time sustainability coordinator whose responsibilities include educating and encouraging clients to go green.

The MAP Furniture Bank sees that 98% of what is donated to its operation is reused through the many Central Ohio families in need. In 2006, MAP processed 35,000 cubic yards worth of used chairs, tables, dressers, appliances and more.

Anheuser-Busch has found a way to recycle 66,000 miles of plastic label wrapping. In partnership with Faith Group Incorporated and the Packaging Corporation of America, Busch has found a way to recycle what was once thought of as waste. To make the story greener, Busch has turned the venture into a money-maker with a positive cash flow of $50,000.

Rockwell Automation had a 12% increase in waste reduction in 2006. Recycling everything from wooden pallets to foam packaging, Rockwell realized an impressive overall diversion rate of 85%. In another example of going green, the Rockwell Automation facility in Westerville saw business revenues increase by 22%.

Also receiving an award was the Columbus Coca-Cola Syrup plant. In 2006, the local Coke operation recycled 731,000 pounds of cardboard, 76,000 pounds of wood, 12,000 pounds of plastic wrap and more for a 58% drop in what was sent to the landfill.

Clean Water Limited, through its patented procedures, found ways to recycle or reuse 98% of the oily factory waste water sent Malatesta’s south Columbus plant. The facility creates clean industrial water and fuel oil for reuse. It does all of this with a “zero-discharge” air permit from the Ohio EPA.

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