By Amanda Smith-Teutsch, Waste & Recycling News
Wickliffe, Ohio -- New waste management plans helped Lubrizol Corp. earn recognition for its environmental stewardship.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recognised Lubrizol in Wickliffe with one of its Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Stewardship Awards for 2010.
The state EPA said the company promoted the American Chemistry Council's "Responsible Care," chemical assessment program designed to minimize the use of toxic chemicals, reduce waste, perform product life cycle assessments and implement an environmental management information system.
In addition, Lubrizol added a second computer information management tool that documents waste streams, waste characterizations, container movement, tank levels and waste shipments. The company recycled 57 percent of the solid waste generated at the facility and reduced packaging. In addition, Lubrizol re-refined more than 100 000 gallons of oil, 25 000 gallons of reusable solvent, and reused nearly 80 tonnes of unused gasoline.
"These award winners employ forward-thinking individuals and have developed innovative concepts for waste reduction and prevention that can serve as examples for other manufacturing facilities," said Ohio EPA director Chris Korleski. "They have shown a commitment to being good environmental stewards, protecting Ohio's environment and natural resources, increasing company efficiency and improving the quality of life and the environment in local communities."
Lubrizol's Estane Engineered Polymers is a major supplier of thermoplastic polyurethanes.