A plant operation at Mercury Marine’s global headquarters has become a “Zero Waste to Landfill” facility. The designation marks a milestone in its efforts to advance sustainability and protect the environment.
"People use and enjoy our products out in the world's natural environments, and we are driven to make the world cleaner and increasingly welcoming of those activities," Mercury Marine president Chris Drees said in a statement. "We are thrilled to achieve the first Zero Waste to Landfill designation for one of our plants, and we will use the work we invested in this outcome as an inspiration and template for continued achievements in environmental stewardship."
Plant 3 at Mercury’s Fond du Lac, Wis., campus is the center of its parts and accessories distribution.
This function “entails extensive use of packing materials and containers that — without focused efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle — could generate considerable landfill waste,” according to the company.
Waste streams addressed in the initiative include cardboard, paper, plastic, metal and wood, as well as various hazardous and non-hazardous materials. The team developed procedures for monitoring and measuring waste-stream materials generated as a result of plant operations, and of the amount of these materials moved into the proper processes of reuse and recycling.