Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced that its Wilson, N.C. passenger and light truck tire manufacturing plant has achieved Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) landfill waste diversion claim validation for Zero Waste to Landfill, the highest claim validation UL gives for landfill waste diversion.
The validation is performed and delivered by UL Environment, a business unit of UL. Bridgestone says its Wilson tire plant is the first facility of any kind to receive this prestigious designation.
“I am so proud of the teammates at the Wilson facility for their commitment to being the first of Bridgestone’s manufacturing sites, and the first manufacturing facility of any kind, to be recognized by UL Environment for this accomplishment,” said Gary Williamson, Wilson plant manager, Bridgestone Americas.
“This achievement validates all of their hard work, and continues to position our company as a leader in identifying and implementing innovative solutions to support environmental sustainability.”
The Wilson facility achieved its Zero Waste to Landfill goals in February 2013, and began the process of applying for UL’s claim validation. The facility had to undergo an extensive, two-part, UL Environment-led audit, which included document evaluation and on-site visits. During the evaluation process, UL verified Wilson’s Zero Waste to Landfill claim with 14% waste to energy, determining that a majority of the facility’s waste to energy diversion, 11%, is the best possible use for that material.
“UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill validation provides an opportunity for businesses and brands to holistically assess their waste reduction efforts, and to confidently share their sustainability success stories,” explained Lisa Meier, vice president of UL Environment. “We believe this validation will help illustrate the commitment that leading companies, like Bridgestone, have made to improving their environmental impact.”
“One Team, One Planet” is the overarching program for all of Bridgestone Corp.’s environmental activities focusing on the company’s three major environmental objectives: Being in harmony with nature, valuing natural resources and reducing CO2 emissions. To learn more, visit www.OneTeamOnePlanet.com.
The Bridgestone Wilson plant produces 34,000 passenger and light truck tires per day, according to the 2013 Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue.
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Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.