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Ashley Stoney 
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July 27, 2016

Millennial at The Minco Group Drives Company to Become Greener through Industry Program

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association Recognizes First Company in its Zero Net Waste Program

Millennial at The Minco Group Drives Company to Become Greener through Industry Program

(July 27, 2016) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the launch of its Zero Net Waste program in early 2016SPI: The Plastics Trade Association announced its first-ever Zero Net Waste recognized company: The Minco Group, a Dayton, Ohio-based provider of thermoplastic solutions. SPI has focused its efforts on the increased need for the plastics industry to focus on sustainability, and the SPI Zero Net Waste program was created to recognize companies that have taken steps to eliminate waste in plastics manufacturing throughout the life cycle.

Under the leadership of SPI’s senior director of recycling and diversion Kim Holmes, SPI members, including suppliers, processors and recyclers, created the Zero Net Waste program which aims to reduce waste at every step in the life cycle and is just one of several SPI-led efforts focused on improving sustainability. The self-reporting Zero Net Waste program requires companies to meet qualification and verification requirements that demonstrate their goals for pursuing zero waste. Companies are asked to submit information annually for ongoing verification, which allows companies to utilize the Zero Net Waste program logo.

“I lead sustainability efforts that are member-driven,” said Holmes. “I know that our duty goes far beyond end-product recycling; it’s about reducing waste throughout the life cycle of making plastics.”

Dan Norris, vice president of The Minco Group, encouraged employee participation in helping SPI to create and implement the Zero Net Waste program. The Minco Group demonstrated leadership in landfill diversion and waste reduction through its impressive efforts spearheaded by Andy Brewer, program manager at All Service Plastic Molding (ASPM), a company owned by The Minco Group, to manage the Zero Net Waste program implementation. Under Brewer’s leadership, ASPM organized a Green Team which leads the Zero Net Waste program at their facility. The team also monitors company progress, which to date has included:

  • Diverting 88 percent of total manufacturing waste from landfill.
  • Organizing a 24-hour sort of ASPM waste and categorizing materials into 26 categories.
  • Decreasing landfill bound waste weights by 46 percent.
  • Projecting a revenue increase of approximately $20,000 for 2017 based on recycling efforts.

“I’ve been working with Kim Holmes’ Recycling Committee and knew that my company was capable of doing our part to make the industry more sustainable,” said Brewer. “I was able to get buy-in from my colleagues by organizing a 24-hour sort in which they learned about all of the many recyclable materials we send to the landfill, in error, every day. From there, our Green Team, which manages our recycling efforts, was born. We are thrilled to be recognized by SPI and hope that our work helps make the business case for saving costs while saving the planet.”

The Zero Net Waste program offers members the tools and resources that will help them successfully achieve their recycling and waste reduction goals. As a Zero Net Waste program participant, they can broadcast those successes to their community, employees and customers.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

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