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Environment – Initiatives to Reduce Waste

Initiatives to Reduce Waste

Just One Step Away from Zero Emissions

Recycling Ratio at MEAA-MSN

MEAA-MSN* manufactures alternators and starters. Many of the parts it receives from Japan, as well as those procured locally, are all cushioned and packaged in cardboard boxes. The company also uses coils and other metal parts in its manufacturing processes. For the past 10 years, MEAA-MSN has been working to reduce the amount of cardboard, expanded polystyrene, metal shavings and other materials that ended up as landfill waste.

In the past, such waste was simply considered trash that companies paid to dispose of, but in addition to costing money, this method did not facilitate the reduction of landfill waste. MEAA-MSN began focusing on converting waste into something that could be sold—resources and products rather than trash. The company created a system whereby recyclers picked up these materials, and they introduced a number of ingenious processes along the way. Through these methods, the company promoted the complete recycling of everything from used work gloves to documents and memoranda. As a result of these efforts, in 2010 MEAA-MSN expects to achieve "zero emissions, zero waste" status.

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MEAA-MSN: Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America—Mason, in Mason, Ohio

Case study of Initiatives at MEAA-MSN

Recycling box

EPS densification

Metal scrap separation

Cardboard baler

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Fostering Environmental Awareness: "Ecology = Economy"

Including environmental ISO activities, for more than 10 years I have been working to reduce MEAA-MSN's environmental impact. During this period, the biggest issue that MEAA-MSN faced was reducing final landfill waste. We introduced a number of creative recycling initiatives, but found that the most important factor in putting them into practice was raising the environmental awareness of local staff. Our Environment, Health & Safety and Hygiene Department holds staff environmental training sessions once a year, themed on generating revenue by reducing the environmental impact of our everyday operations. In other words, in our training we adopted the bottom-line approach that "ecology equals economy" as we worked to instill the importance of recycling. Staff awareness changed as a result. Now the question "Can't this be recycled, too?" has become much more frequent.

I believe that this question describes in simple words the concept behind the priority themes of Environmental Vision 2021. At present, MEAA-MSN and MEAA-MVL* hold quarterly management reviews and other activities that are designed to reduce our environmental impact companywide. Going forward, we will work to encourage associates to share the concepts of the environmental vision as we take the next step along the path to our goal of zero emissions.

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MEAA-MVL: Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America — Maysville, in Maysville, Kentucky

Scott Stephenson
Corporate Manager of Environmental,
Safety and Quality Systems,
MEAA-MSN

Environmental Calendar
This calendar features environmentally themed pictures drawn by the children of MEAA-MSN employees.

Plastic Tubes into a Calculator
An employee came up with this idea of turning scrap into a calculator, which is used at local elementary schools. This is considered reuse activity

Scrap Wood into Bird Houses
Birdhouses made of scrap wood from incoming packaging. The first houses are being built for purple martins. The next step will be bat houses. This is also considered reuse activity.

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