Share the Load Recycling Program Debuts at South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center
Share the Load Announces Lockheed Martin, 3M, Michelin and Cytec as Corporate Partners
Greenville, SC (March 28, 2011)—The South Carolina Share the Load recycling program is being spearheaded at the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center (SCTAC) with corporate partners 3M, Michelin, Lockheed Martin and Cytec. The pilot program is designed by the SC Recycling Industry Group (RIG) for the companies within SCTAC to facilitate the collection of recyclable material from small quantity generators.
“The beauty of this one-of-a-kind, collaborative program is for the participating companies to ‘share the load’ of the materials while sharing the costs,” says Gerry Fishbeck, chair of the Recycling Market Development Advisory Council at the SC Department of Commerce. “This program is a whole new level of advancement for the promotion of recycling and landfill avoidance throughout the state.
Share the Load will offer participating companies at SCTAC an easy, reliable recycling infrastructure that supports sustainability platforms while reaping the benefits of cost savings and landfill avoidance. The program is designed to allow companies to avoid limited storage space and disruption of operations to either expand their current recycling program or begin a recycling program for materials that are currently being landfilled.
Corporate partners, 3M, Lockheed Martin, Michelin and Cytec, will lead participation in the program to help other companies become more involved with the green initiative.
“Being a model for sustainability and landfill avoidance is one of the main priorities here at Cytec,” says Dan Martins, Manufacturing Director at Cytec Carbon Fibers. “Share the Load is a progressive program that allows each business located at SCTAC to positively impact our community by becoming more environmentally friendly.”
“Share the Load is an excellent way for all SCTAC companies to increase their company recycling rate and be recognized as a sustainable company by shareholders, employees and the corporate community,” says Tina Huskey with Mumford Industries, Inc. who serves as chair of the Value Chain committee of RIG and has been instrumental in setting up the program. “In addition, adding various recyclable materials back into the feedstock and process stream will create new, useful products and contribute to the generation of green jobs.”
RIG and SCTAC will host a Share the Load orientation lunch on April 26, 2011. All SCTAC companies are invited to attend the luncheon, courtesy of Share the Load, in order to learn more about taking advantage of what the sustainable program has to offer.
“Share the Load is the perfect way for our company to continue and increase our sustainable efforts,” says B.J. Boling, spokesperson for Lockheed Martin. “We hope all SCTAC operations will join our efforts in decreasing corporate, carbon footprints.”
“I am not the least bit surprised by the enthusiasm and support for this pilot program here,” says Jody Bryson, President and CEO of SCTAC. “The technology and aviation companies at SCTAC are world-class when it comes to environmental initiatives and recycling efforts. Evidence of environmental stewardship is apparent throughout our 2600 acre campus.”
About South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center:
SC Technology and Aviation Center is designed to meet the unique needs of technologically-advanced businesses in a global economy. The center features an attractive combination of advanced manufacturing, distribution, and aviation facilities. The park is also recognized as a major aircraft maintenance and modification center capable of completing major structural repairs, inspections, and other service needs. To learn more about SCTAC and available industrial or aviation facilities at the Greenville center, please visit www.sc-tac.com.
About Share the Load:
The Share the Load program was designed by the South Carolina Recycling Industry Group and the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center in response to alarming state-wide statistics from 2009 that showed millions of dollars of revenue were being lost from potential sale of recyclables in South Carolina. The pilot program, for the small quantity-generating companies within SCTAC, was designed to recover these resources in a sustainable method that uses collaboration to “share the load” of these valuable materials. The program, fulfilling ISO 14001 requirements, strives to involve more organizations to result in higher efficiency and lower costs.