Subaru's environmental policies.
Here's something to think about: next time you take out your trash at home for collection, you're sending more trash to landfill than the entire Subaru manufacturing plant in Lafayette, Indiana (SIA) does in a year. The Subaru plant was the first auto assembly plant to achieve zero landfill status - nothing from its manufacturing efforts goes into a landfill. It's all reused and recycled. Each year, SIA actively recycles 99.3% of excess/leftover steel, plastic, wood, paper, glass, and other materials. The remaining 0.7% is shipped to the city of Indianapolis and incinerated to help generate steam. In 2006, SIA recycled 11,411 tons of scrap steel, 1,537 tons of cardboard and paper, and 963 tons of wood. That's equal to conserving 31,040 mature trees, 31,572 cubic yards of landfill space, 711,631 gallons of oil, and 10,759,000 gallons of water.
But SIA is no stranger to being a trailblazer when it comes to being environmentally responsible.
- In 1994, SIA was also the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. to be smoke free.
- In 1998, SIA was the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. to be ISO 14001 Certified.
- In 2002, SIA became the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. with an on-site solvent recovery system that produces dry still bottoms.
- In 2003, SIA became the first U.S. automotive assembly plant to be designated a wildlife habitat. Deer, coyotes, beavers, blue herons, geese, and other animals live there in peaceful coexistence with the Subaru plant. It's our commitment to leave as small a footprint as possible, delivering real-world benefits that everyone can enjoy.
- In 2004, SIA became the first U.S. manufacturing facility to reach zero landfill status.
- In 2006, SIA was awarded the U.S. EPA's Gold Achievement Award as a top achiever in the agency's WasteWise program to reduce waste and improve recycling. - From Subaru of America's website.
Mountain Tech cares about the environment.
Mountain Tech uses Thermal Fluids for all of our fluid recycling. "Their industry exclusive Green Shield ServicesTM program specializes in Recycling Used Oil, Antifreeze, Filter, Oily Water and Oily Absorbents in a manner that demonstrates best practices for a sustainable environment. A network of over 25 processing facilities convert recyclable waste materials into valuable resources such as industrial fuel, clean water and raw materials. By choosing Thermo Fluids, we not only receive vital protection capability through engineering controls and strict operating procedures, we have made a commitment to environmental leadership and feel eco-confidentTM."
Cintas provides Mountain Tech's laundry service. "Cintas works hard to protect the environment and conserve natural resources at our facilities across North America. Through our commitment to strict compliance and innovative technologies, we seek to ensure that Cintas meets or exceeds regulatory standards set for the laundry facilities.
To read more about how Cintas works to protect the environment and conserve natural resources, visit the Cintas Green website."
Reuse and Recycling
Mountain Tech incorporates extensive recycling programs throughout our shop and we reduce the need for packaging and waste. All used parts are shipped in recycled boxes and packaging.