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Del-Nat cleans up in Memphis

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Del-Nat Tire Corp. helped save the equivalent of 221 trees, 55 cubic yards of landfill space and 91,000 gallons of water through the recycle program of office and warehouse waste at its facility in South Memphis, Tenn., in 2012.

The information was provided in an annual sustainability report from Recycle Solutions, one of the largest recycling companies in the Southeast. According to the report, Del-Nat’s recycling program has kept more than 75% of potential waste out of local landfills.

According to the report Del-Nat recycled four tons of plastic and 13 tons of paper from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012. In addition to the trees, landfill space and water, Del-Nat’s recycling effort also saved the equivalent of 4,955 gallons of oil and 75,096 kilowatt hours of energy.

Del-Nat began its recycling effort in 2009 when it was spending more than $10,000 per year to have its trash removed. Realizing there must be a better way to protect the environment and save money, Del-Nat’s managers contacted Recycle Solutions to develop a long-term plan to assist it in achieving close to a zero-waste operation.

Mark Huber, operations manager at Recycle Solutions, developed a new process that allowed trash to be efficiently sorted, moved, and recycled without Del-Nat having to commit additional resources. When the program began in 2009, Del-Nat was putting 38 cubic yards of trash in local landfills.

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