Bendix cites 92 percent waste diversion

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems says it has achieved a 92 percent waste diversion rate through its ongoing company-wide emphasis on recycling and remanufacturing. With America Recycles Day serving as a reminder of the importance of reducing the environmental impact of its facilities, Bendix continues to work toward its goal of “zero waste to landfill” operations.

America Recycles Day is held every Nov. 15 by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful organization to promote and celebrate recycling in the United States.

“Less than one-twelfth of our waste now goes to landfills, and Bendix is pleased with the progress we’ve made in recent years toward reducing that fraction to zero,” said Maria Gutierrez, Bendix health, safety, and environmental manager. “We feel we are very close to that goal. Every day, we strive to be environmentally conscious in our management decisions and business strategy. This makes sense for Bendix, because it’s the right thing to do and also has a positive financial impact. Just as important, it makes sense for the communities in which we operate and for the collective stewardship of the planet we share.”

All Bendix plants have instituted recycling of waste such as paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, and metal. In 2011, the company diverted more than 5,400 tons of waste and recycled more than 5,200 tons of material. This year, Bendix has diverted 92 percent of its waste that once would have gone into landfills.