Exel honored for environmental efforts

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Exel, a North American provider of supply chain management and a Deutsche Post World Net company, has been awarded a Certificate of Environmental Stewardship by Pratt Industries, one of the largest paper and packaging companies in the United States. The certificate recognizes a component of the recycling program at one of Exel’s facilities near Belleville, Mich.

Exel says the facility uses 100 percent recycled packaging provided by Pratt Industries’ NaturalBox sustainable packaging offering, and the company estimates that in 2007 Exel saved 7,222 trees, 2.9 million gallons of water, 1,062 cubic yards of landfill waste and 1.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity. During the 2007 recycling program, the facility recycled 2,100 tons of corrugated cardboard, 127 tons of plastic and 19,200 wood pallets, according to the company.

“As a leader in the logistics industry, Exel recognizes that our operations affect the environment,” says Mike Brandenstein, vice president of operations for the automotive business unit of Westerville, Ohio-based Exel. “We are committed to minimizing this impact through recycling efforts and other energy-saving programs throughout our organization. We are honored to receive this recognition from Pratt Industries and look forward to continuing our effort to recycle, improve efficiency and reduce consumption.”

Exel’s Belleville facility manages international shipments — including importing, exporting and repacking — for customers in the automotive industry. The warehouse is 240,000 square feet and has employed its recycling program for the last five years.