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Goodyear plant receives environmental recognition

Goodyear plant receives environmental recognition

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008 9:29 pm

The Union City Goodyear plant was the recipient of a Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry award for outstanding environmental accomplishments at the annual Tennessee Chamber Environmental Conference earlier this month. The plant was presented an “Achievement Certificate” for solid waste management. “Our team members last year — and through all of this year — have successfully met the challenge of being a ‘zero-waste-to-the-landfill’ facility,” said plant manager Todd Turner. “We take a lot of pride in our environmental achievements, and we appreciate the state chamber’s recognition of our environmental efforts. We also appreciate the support of this community in working with us toward attaining the level of ‘zero-waste-to-the-landfill,’” he said. Last December, Union City met the corporate goal of becoming a zero-trash-to-landfill facility. Through the month of July 2007, the plant had accomplished some 42 percent of that goal. As of October 2007, the plant still had no outlet for some waste materials. Through negotiations with waste-to-energy companies and recyclers, an outlet was found for these materials. With additional initiatives, implemented during July through December, the Union City plant achieved zero-trash-to-landfill status on Dec. 14, 2007. “The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company-Union City plant has truly demonstrated by this project their continued environmental awareness and stewardship and was presented an achievement certificate for solid waste management,” said Wayne Scharber, vice president for environmental affairs for the Tennessee Chamber. The awards and achievement certificates, presented during the 26th annual Tennessee Chamber Environmental Conference at Montgomery Bell State Park, cited industries for successes in the areas of air quality, water quality, solid waste management, hazardous waste management and environmental excellence. Awards are given on the basis of past performance, innovation and compliance beyond legal requirements for companies with less than 250 employees and those with more than 250 employees. “All of the companies receiving recognition have gone the extra mile to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and to make our environment a cleaner and safer place to live,” said Scharber. “They are excellent examples of how Tennessee companies work to preserve the environment.” A panel, including state officials, reviews the nominations submitted and the accomplishments and compliance records for the respective environmental programs and selects the winners for the achievement certificates and awards. “These 2008 Environmental Award recipients are winners, the citizens of Tennessee and our environment are also winners,” said Scharber. The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the state’s largest broad-based trade association, representing employers and their employees across the state. Published in The Messenger 10.17.08

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