Recycling among the telecommunications industry is an important corporate social responsibility that is quickly gaining traction among major manufacturers. As most data cable consists of a copper wire and PVC installation, recycling can take two forms: extracting the naturally non-renewable metal and chemically transforming the fossil fuels used to make the PVC jacket. Mining copper or fossil fuels is an energy and resource intensive task, which can have major negative implications for our environment. Therefore, it makes sense to take a renewable stance on cable production, as Superior Essex has done.
Superior Essex has just announced that its Hoisington, Kansas copper data cable manufacturing facility has accomplished a 98% landfill waste diversion rate for 2013 - an industry leading environmental practices milestone for the cable manufacturing industry. In total, this plant either reused or recycled over 4 million pounds of waste last year, instead of sending it to landfills!
Landfill waste diversion, defined as the prevention and reduction of generated waste through source reduction, recycling, reuse, or composting, has been characterized as one of the best ways manufacturing companies can demonstrate genuine environmental responsibility.
Superior Essex also announces that all of its communications cable products are fully compliant with the RoHS 2 Directive and the REACH restricted substances list. RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and REACH are directives adopted by the European Union which aim to prevent the use of certain hazardous substances in manufactured products. While compliance with RoHS 2 and REACH are not required under US or Canadian law, these directives are being utilized by North American agencies and companies to ensure environmental standards in the products they buy.
“This achievement in landfill waste diversion is an example of the high goals we have set for ourselves in environmental stewardship. It is important to Superior Essex that we not only improve our sustainability performance each year, but that we also achieve performance levels that are considered world-class for any manufacturing industry,” stated Lindsay Allen, Vice President of Marketing for Superior Essex International LP.
Superior Essex has taken important steps towards a sustainable future and displayed their corporate-social responsibility through it. As more companies continue to follow this trend, we can start to see the massive effects that environmental consciousness and responsibility have - In our communities, our environments, our futures and our products.
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