For Immediate Release
Katie Patterson-Ingels, 785-368-8053
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is celebrating Pollution Prevention (P2) Week and this year it will be observed September 20-26. P2 is designed to recognize and encourage pollution prevention through eliminating waste at its source, or where this is not feasible, reducing, reusing and recycling. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990.
“Pollution prevention can improve environmental conditions as well as Kansas’ standard of living,” said Roderick Bremby, KDHE Secretary. “With Kansans focusing on P2 we can meet the challenges of having healthy communities and businesses, clean watersheds and efficient government.”
Each year KDHE sponsors P2 Awards for businesses, industries, municipalities and individuals who make significant contributions to the prevention of pollution. The following organizations received an award this year:
Butler County received an award for its efforts in reusing and recycling electronic waste and for its landfill gas recovery and destruction. The county e-waste facility accepts county resident’s e-waste at no cost and from surrounding businesses and organizations for a small fee. A major component of the program includes the reuse of electronics such as televisions and DVD players that are dropped off which operate properly and are in good condition. The e-waste program reuses 16,000 pounds annually while an additional 282,000 pounds are recycled. The landfill gas that is collected is sent to a flare to destroy the methane and any additional pollutants that are contained in landfill gas. The collection system collects and destroys 200 cubic feet per minute of landfill gas and the methane destroyed by the collection system is equal to a reduction of 22,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
LSI Corporation, located in Wichita, is a leading provider of electronic storage and networking products. LSI received a P2 award for its efforts related to equipment reuse. The facility has many lab sites and was able to create a large, centralized storage and tracking area for all lab equipment required for testing. This area stores all unused equipment, decommissions broken equipment, and ships equipment that can be re-used to other LSI facilities around the globe. Since the creation of the storage area, the company has been able to reduce the amount of new equipment purchased by reusing unwanted equipment from other labs. Since May 2008, the storage reuse program saved $11.15 million worth of equipment purchases from the reuse of 22,116 units. LSI is also recognized for its efforts in recycling 5,434 lbs of rechargeable batteries, 727 pounds of electronic media, and 4,496 pounds of electronics.
Johnson County received an award for its efforts in constructing its Communications Center, an emergency communications facility that operates 24 hours a day, seven days per week, to U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold standards. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources.
Countertop Trends, LLC, a manufacturer of laminate countertops located in Gridley, received an Honorable Mention for its efforts in diverting wood waste from the landfill. By purchasing a grinder, the company was able to divert 550 tons of wood waste going to the landfill with an annual savings of over $38,000. The wood dust is picked up by a construction company that grinds it into “wood flour.” It is then taken to a manufacturer and used to make composite deck material. This project is great example of by-product synergy where one company’s waste becomes another company’s resource.
John Deere Coffeyville Works, Inc., a manufacturer of transmission/pump drives in Coffeyville, received an Honorable Mention for its efforts in reducing the amount of cardboard going to the landfill. Since implementation of the project in October 2008, the facility has recycled 138,860 lbs of cardboard realizing a savings of $9,025 in landfill and hauling fees.
Congratulations to the 2010 P2 Awardees. Learn more about the Pollution Prevention Awards by visiting http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/p2_pollution_prevention_awards.html. Help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act by implementing a P2 project at your facility.