Corporation Asahi, which repairs and refurbishes telephone answering machines, has a well established waste reduction program.
- One recent innovation, which Border Waste Wi$ e has shared with other companies, is employing reusable plastic straps to secure products on pallets. Corporation Asahi straps the products to pallets with metal clips, reducing purchases of new strapping and plastic shrink wrap, and cutting these wastes by 40%.
- As a result of Border Waste Wi$ e, Asahi is implementing a food composting program to reduce waste from cafeteria operations and they are considering our recommendations to recycle off-spec and scrap electronic components and parts.
Day Runner De Mexico
Day Runner De Mexico, a manufacturer of business organizer books and other products, has implemented several waste reduction and recycling practices.
- The company uses an inventory control and production supply system that requires the plant manager to approve all purchase orders. This and other steps help ensure that over-ordering and excess materials are minimized.
- Employees and janitors assist in segregating recyclables to prevent them from becoming solid waste. Almost all leather, vinyl and cardboard are recycled.
- The Border Waste Wi$ e assessment and resulting report at Day Runner identified waste reduction opportunities including: a recommendation for the facility to use reusable totes for shipping supplies and finished products between the company’s Pasadena Headquarters and their Tijuana facility. Border Waste Wi$ e also provided waste reduction and pollution prevention opportunities for construction activities that can be implemented when Day Runner begins construction of an additional Tijuana facility in the near future.
EBT (Philips Electronics)
EBT (Philips Electronics), a large manufacturer of electronic components, has an established waste reduction program.
- EBT already recycles most of the wastes they generate.
- The plant has also installed a compactor/baler that helps the company get higher prices for recycled cardboard and reduces its overall solid waste disposal costs because of the reduced volume of wastes requiring disposal. The equipment is provided under a lease agreement by a local recycling company.
- With help from Border Waste Wi$ e, EBT is searching for ways to reuse excess asphalt material resulting from their manufacturing process. Border Waste Wi$ e referred EBT to the City of Tijuana’s Public Works Department, one of our government partners, to discuss the possibility of using the asphalt in road construction and maintenance. Border Waste Wi$ e is also assisting EBT to find other organizations that may be interested in reusing the asphalt by helping the company list this material in CalMex, a bi-lingual materials exchange established for Border Waste Wi$ e by the California Integrated Waste Management Board, another one of our government partners.
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