Springfild, Illinois -- Three rubber companies -- Gates Rubber, Cardinal Healthcare and Continental North America -- have won the Illinois Governor's award for achievements in pollution prevention. A total of 24 awards were made.
The citations for the three rubber companies read as follows:
Gates Corporation, Galesburg- Gates mixes slab rubber stock for five
other Gates hose manufacturing facilities. Recent pollution prevention
â€¢Â A replacement project in the Carbon Black
Handling system that has saved $280,000 per year, reduced waste to the
landfill, improved raw material usage, and lowered maintenance costs.
process cleanout materials are now used once and then incorporated into
the finished product - resulting in a $28,000 per year savings.
â€¢Â Improved controls and automating in the cooling tower have saved an estimated three million gallons of water per year.
the boiler steam pressure, using low-melt raw materials bags to reduce
landfill waste, selling all pallets to a local metal manufacturing
plant, and obtaining incoming raw materials in either bulk or
Continental Tire North America (CTNA), Mount Vernon- Continental Tire
manufactures radial tires. The company is ISO 14000 Certified and views
pollution prevention as one of its core business practices.Â CTNA
decreased the volume of its byproducts sent to landfill by 7.3 million
pounds in 2005.Â CTNA now recycles 71% of all of the waste and
by-products that are generated at the plant.Â CTNA also conserves
resources through re-processing a variety of rubber components. Other
project resulted in plant lighting being modified to reduce energy
usage by 50%, natural gas consumption was reduced by 3.5%, and water
usage was reduced by 5%.
Cardinal Health-McGaw Park, Cardinal Health provides health care
products and services.Â The company instituted a project to reduce its
packaging by five percent, or 3.2 million pounds.Â This goal was met
early, with results that were over the target goal.Â Employees
throughout Cardinal Health participated by generating ideas,
documenting improvements, and helping with experiments that were
necessary to implement changes to these medical packages.Â