The purpose of the company-wide policy on recycling is to support the company’s commitment to help conserve the environment. The company supports conserving and protecting the environment. Therefore, sustainability efforts through source reduction and recycling is important to the company. To further this goal, every construction or renovation project will be evaluated and will address possible sustainable recycling practices. Source reduction efforts will help support the longevity of the regional landfill and help promote a personal investment to sustainability from employees who participate. Such efforts also help reduce greenhouse gas production and reduce energy consumption by creating renewed products instead of brand-new products. The goal of the company in this regard is to reduce waste products such as containers, packaging, and non-durable goods that go to the regional landfill from the company.
It is the policy of The Righter Company to maintain its facility and jobsites in a manner that enhances source reduction, recycling, and conservation. The company promotes recycling through the following:
- desk-side recycling containers in the main office
- a recycling dumpster for paper/cardboard in the yard area of the main office
- a drop-box for recycling empty ink cartridges
- recycling containers for plastics and cans in the kitchen area in the main office
- used oil furnace to heat the shop area-eliminating or reducing the need for oil disposal and decreasing the amount of electricity used for heating
- separate drums for oil filters and fuel filters disposal
- use of T8 high efficiency fluorescent bulbs and/or LED lighting where possible or when upgrading fixtures
- use of programmable thermostats to reduce energy consumption when office is not in use or occupied
- promotion of “lights out” practice for when individual offices are not in use
- Implementation and adherence to a Green Fleet Policy
- Any jobsite materials such as steel, wood, etc. will be recycled when possible.
- Recycling is defined as sorting, collecting, and processing materials to manufacture and sell them as new products. The company will participate in recycling the products described as follows where possible:
- Metal Recycling: Metal recycling is the process of recovering waste metal products to make these materials into new metal products. The amount of energy needed to recycle metals is significantly less than that needed to extract the same material from earth. Metal recycling includes the following products: aluminum cans, steel cans, steel products, structural steel, rebar, and other miscellaneous metal goods.
- Paper Recycling: Paper recycling is the process of recovering waste paper and making it into new paper products. This includes white printer paper, newspaper, colored paper, cardboard paper, shredded paper, telephone directories, magazines, textbooks, light cardboard products, junk mail, envelopes with windows, stapled paper, and other types of mixed paper goods. Paper recycling does not include carbon-copy paper.
- Plastic Recycling: Plastic recycling is the process of recovering waste plastic products to make them into new plastic products. The amount of energy needed to recycle plastic is significantly less than that needed to make new plastic materials. Plastic recycling includes the following products-Plastic #1 (polyethylene terephthalate or PETE), found in soft drink bottles and water bottles and Plastic #2 (high density polyethylene or HDPE), found in milk containers, detergent and shampoo bottles, grocery and retail carrying bags, butter or margarine tubs, and yogurt containers.