Beaulieu America announced a 30% waste reduction across all 22 of its facilities after just six months, in its ongoing effort to reach a “landfill-free” status by the end of 2015, according to Beth Randolph, director of risk management who is heading up the program.
“This is Beaulieu’s commitment to being a good environmental neighbor by diverting waste through repurpose, reuse and recycle practices,” noted Randolph. “Floor sweeps and other process waste are either reused in production or transferred to someone else who recycles it.”
Randolph, a 14-year associate at Beaulieu, and her team regularly promote the effort company-wide and visit with teams tasked with reducing waste at each of the company’s facilities. “We’ve seen some of our plants score as high as 69% in waste reduction,” observed Randolph. “All our team members see the value in it.”
Beaulieu’s waste reduction program is a “home grown” effort from within the company and is not without a bit of creativity, according to Randolph. “The distinctive system of receptacles we use at each facility are actually the reuse of containers from retired spinning mills that we had by the thousands.”