Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc. was the recent recipient of the 2013 Smart Business Recycling Award from S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Bill Radlein, COO, and members of the Environmental, Safety and Health Dept. accepted the award during a visit from Stacey Washington, program coordinator for DHEC’s Smart Business Recycling Program.
Recycling has many environmental benefits, such as conserving natural resources, saving energy, reducing pollution and limiting the need to build landfills. More than 5 million tons of material was recycled in South Carolina last year. This would not have been possible without many great programs around the state – including the recycling program at Mitsubishi. The waste reduction and recycling program at Mitsubishi has generated substantial savings from internal reuse of PET and closed‐loop recycling of Mitsubishi’s spent liner film in its ReprocessTM Sustainable Liner process. In addition, Mitsubishi recycles items such as pallets, cardboard, aluminum cans, used motor oil, electronics and fluorescent lamps. All these efforts have helped the facility to see a significant decrease in disposal costs and to experience a 30% decrease in landfilled materials.
With procurement policies that encourage the purchase of environmentally‐preferred products, Mitsubishi’s Purchasing Dept. is buying recycled‐content office supplies as well as recycled‐content materials for use in the manufacturing process, such as fiber cores that contain 100% post‐consumer materials. Mitsubishi has also instituted a packaging return program through which 20,000 pallets and 40,000 flanges have been collected for reuse in packaging finished goods.
Mitsubishi Polyester Film is clearly leading by example and doing its part to help protect South Carolina’s natural resources. The employees of Mitsubishi Polyester Film are honored to receive DHEC’s 2013 Smart Business Recycling Award.