Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. and Gaffney High School, Gaffney, S.C. are partnering to promote environmental responsibility, significantly reducing unnecessary waste and encouraging recycling among high school students at the school.
FCCC is the pilot location for the “Zero Waste to Landfill” program, an initiative implemented by Daimler Trucks North America LLC, FCCC’s parent company. The purpose of the Zero Waste to Landfill program is to become 100% percent landfill waste-free by 2010. As of May 31, the motorhome, delivery van, school bus and shuttle bus chassis manufacturer had achieved a 94.1% waste-free status.
Following successful strategies, FCCC has implemented to reduce landfill waste at its manufacturing facility such as:
- Recycling plastic, paper, aluminum, cardboard, metals, wood and nylon.
- Securing air leaks.
- Identifying power-saving initiatives.
- Working to reduce emissions pollutants.
Meanwhile, GHS students and the science department created a new student-led organization known as the “Green Teen Club.” The club is establishing a composting site at the school, as well as reducing the amounts of Styrofoam and paper used throughout the cafeteria and classrooms.
In addition to presenting at a Green Teen Club meeting, FCCC invited the students to visit its facility on Earth Day, April 22. Students learned
about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and regulations as well as alternatively fueled chassis manufactured by FCCC such as
hybrid-electric, compressed natural gas and hydraulic hybrid vehicles. Alternatively fueled chassis reduce engine emissions, carbon footprints
and fuel consumption.
FCCC is also helping students establish a recycling program that includes recycling centers in classrooms and around vending machines.
FCCC worked with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Waste Minimization Office, an environmental protection organization working to help facilities improve their environmental performance through sustainable environmental initiatives, to visit the school and perform a waste stream analysis on May 6.
The Zero Waste to Landfill program results have earned FCCC several regional and statewide awards and recognitions, as well as partnerships
with the EPA and South Carolina DHEC.
In March 2008, the FCCC plant was recognized by the EPA’s WasteWise Program for its 2007 waste reduction achievements and was accepted as a WasteWise partner. WasteWise engages government, businesses and nonprofit organizations to educate others about the benefits of reducing solid waste.
In addition, FCCC was accepted into the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP) in January for the company’s ongoing
commitment to reducing waste and improving South Carolina’s environment. SCEEP is a voluntary initiative designed to recognize and reward South Carolina facilities that have demonstrated environmental performance through pollution prevention, energy and resource conservation and the use of an environmental management system.
Additionally, FCCC was honored recently by the South Carolina DHEC during the inaugural South Carolina Smart Business Recycling Program
award luncheon for the company’s ongoing commitment to recycling and waste reduction.
Overall waste-reduction statistics at the FCCC plant include:
- Over 94.1% solid landfill waste-free since May.
- Reduction of solid landfill waste by 72% in 2009,compared with 2008 numbers.
- To date, more than 4 million pounds of waste has been kept out of landfills, contributing to a 37% decrease in disposal costs