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• Batteries
• Beverage containers
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• Cardboard
• Carpeting and padding
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Gruff's Recycling Report


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Gruff's Recycling Report

  1. 1. • Aerosol cans • Batteries • Beverage containers (aluminum and plastic) • Cardboard • Carpeting and padding • Ceiling tiles • Construction site waste • Compost • E-Scrap (obsolete electronic equipment) • Fluorescent lamps • Ink filters • Latex gloves • Lighting fixtures • Lumber and scrap wood • Nylon sacks • Oil filters • Paint cans • Pallets (wood and plastic) • Paper (including production and office) • Paper roll core plugs, end caps and wraps • Plastic containers • Polywrap • Press plates • Quadnews (after it’s been read, of course) • Rubber mats • Scrap metal • Shrink bundling and stretch film • Stitcher wire spools • Strapping (all colors) • Telecommunications cabling • Toner cartridges what we recycle at Quad… recclinoles 2014 RECYCLING VOLUMES While not fully comprehensive, this list highlights the many materials we collect for recycling in our facilities.e NotE: The recycling figures above are close approximations for 2014 companywide based on the best available reporting systems and data. We are continuing to integrate our recycling program across all facilities. The Golden Rules of Recycling: • Do not place trash with recyclables. • Do not place recyclables in the trash. • Do not mix together different types of recyclables (e.g., don’t mix paper and commingled items). Recycling is my pet project – and a responsibility we take seriously at Quad/Graphics. As the company’s Environmental Spokesgoat, I’m bleating proud of all that we do to practice the 4 Rs – redesign, reduce, reuse and recycle. By minimizing our impact on the environment, we also better our business. So you, too, can appreciate the scope of our commitment and understand its importance to the bottom line, I’ve prepared this special report on our recycling success in 2014. RECYCLING REPORT Gruff’s What’s the waste hierarchy? AA a guiding philosophy behind our commitment to waste reduction, the waste hierarchy begins with reducing the amount of materials we use in the course of doing business, followed by reusing and recycling as much as possible when it’s beneficial for the environment and our bottom line. as a company, we recover the vast majority of our solid waste – to the tune of 98.7% – and divert it for recycling. And what we can’t recycle, we look to dispose of responsibly. REdesign/Reduce – The most desirable option. We first look to minimize the amount of raw materials we use in our plants. Reuse – After reducing, we then look to get the most out of the materials we do use. For example, the hot melt glue we use in Finishing comes in large boxes we reuse to collect recyclables such as green strap and stretch film. We also reuse skids that come into our plants with supply orders. Recycle – With materials we can’t reuse, the next best option in most cases is recycling them. Recycling maximizes renewable resources and minimizes the need for virgin materials. Dispose – Sending waste to a landfill is the least desirable of our options. Only after we’ve exhausted all other options do we send waste to certified landfills, where we can dispose of it in the most environmentally responsible manner. PapertonsP 582,832 TONS Includes: production spoilage and trim; damaged and salvaged rolls; roll wraps, end caps and core plugs; packaging; paper dust; office paper Paper is smack-dab in the center of our waste- reduction crosshairs. We first look to reduce the amount of paper we use through efficient design and equipment controls. Waste we can’t avoid is collected and recovered for recycling. We take great care to isolate paper grades and control contaminants to maintain the integrity of the repulpable scrap so that it’s of maximum value to our paper mill partners. In fact, we’re able to sort paper into 24 different grades for recycling. PlastictonsP 1,698TONS Includes: Production floor strapping of all colors; polywrap; shrink bundling film; stretch film; toner cartridges; large-size liquid containers; stitcher spools; miscellaneous scrapA Toner cartridges make up a small percentage of our plastic recyclables, but a relatively new program to recycle them is expanding nationally across our footprint with success. E-SCRAP tonsCP 102TONS Includes: Monitors; keyboards; central processing units (CPUs); hard drives; mice; cabling; printers We work with a recycling vendor to scrap our obsolete and damaged computer equipment. The vendor processes the parts, sorting them into 30 different categories of plastic and metal. COMMINGLED FOOD/ BEVERAGE CONTAINERStons 90 TONS Includes: #1 and #2 plastic; aluminum; glass; tinMRL Recycling technologies allow large companies and households alike to place plastic, glass, small metals and paper into a single container for recycling. Quad/Graphics collects common recyclables such as aluminum cans, glass beverage bottles, plastic soda/water bottles and other rigid plastics. These materials are delivered to single stream recycling facilities. MetaltonsP 6,231TONS Includes: press plates and blankets; copper shavings from gravure cylinder engraving; bulk stitcher wire spools; copper wire; aerosol cans; miscellaneous scrapI In many cases, scrap metal from production is sent to processors to be sorted, melted down and recycled. For example, copper shavings and used aluminum press plates can be melted down at very high temperatures (a process called smelting). Once fully molten, the metals are molded into small bars called ingots and allowed to cool. These ingots are then distributed to manufacturers and re-melted to be made into different products, such as aluminum cans for soft drinks. Woodtons 6,088TONS Includes: Damaged pallets; lumber; scrap wood Pallets past their functional prime are either dismantled and used in the assembly of new pallets, or processed into mulch, boiler fuel or other usable product. The amount of wood we recycle will continue to trend downward as we replace wood pallets with reusable plastic pallets.