In 2006, Superior Essex made environmental sustainability a top priority. The ultimate goal: to achieve the highest levels of performance in its industry and also among manufacturers worldwide. Since then, the company has made long strides down the path of sustainability, establishing many environmental "firsts" for its industry.
One of the company's most notable accomplishments has been its Zero Waste to Landfill certification, which the company achieved in 2016. Zero Waste to Landfill certification is a means of recognizing the achievement of a 100% landfill waste diversion rate. 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.
A true zero waste facility accounts for the potential waste created throughout its entire downstream process, including that of third-parties who are involved in the recycling and reuse of waste materials. For Superior Essex, it has and continues to ensure that the companies it uses to recycle scrap metals, wood, plastics and other materials are also not sending their waste by-products to a landfill.
It took nine years for Superior Essex to achieve Zero Waste status, and required several comprehensive changes to the company's business and manufacturing practices. For more information, read the full article, "The Road to Zero: Achieving Zero Waste in Cable Manufacturing," originally published in the inaugural issue of GreenCircle magazine.