SUFFOLK, Va. - Lipton, one of the world's top producers of tea announced thatits Suffolk, Va. plant has achieved its zero-landfill goal. Whichmeans, the company's waste materials are not being sent tolandfills, instead they are being processed through robustrecycling and composting programs or converted into usableenergy.
According to a news release, the City of Suffolk greatly valuesits 55-year relationship with the Lipton Tea facility, and has longrecognized the Unilever and Lipton business strategy as a leadingexample in manufacturing excellence and corporate responsibility,said Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson. This latest effort not onlykeeps the Suffolk facility efficient and thriving, but eco-friendlyas well; all involved should be commended.
"Lipton's commitment to keeping waste out of landfills is astandard-setter in our community. It's great for the environmentand contributes to saving valuable space in our communityslandfills," said Tom Kreidel, Southeastern Public Service Authoritypublic relations coordinator. By creating usable energy from wastethat cannot be recycled we have not only helped Lipton reach itszero-landfill goal but have helped process more than half of theregions non-recyclable waste.
The team at the Lipton Suffolk facility began taking steps toachieve its zero-landfill goal more than a year ago, formingpartnerships with Sonoco, McGill and with the Southeastern PublicService Authoritys waste-to-energy facility, to turn some wasteinto usable energy to provide steam for the U.S. Navy's largestshipyard in nearby Portsmouth, Va., along with creating electricitythat is sold through the electrical grid.
With other progressive new waste management procedures in place- including eliminating plastic strapping on pallets, replacingnon-recyclable cleaning wipes with reusable rags, and choosingsturdier, reusable plastic pallets over traditional wooden ones -70 percent of the plants waste is recycled or reused; 22 percent iscomposted; and the remaining eight percent is converted into usableenergy.
The Lipton facility's achievement also allows the plantteam to conserve:
- 16 tons of plastic, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 13.76 tons
- 21,182 mature trees, the equivalent of 262 million sheets of newspaper
- 576,898 gallons of oil, enough to heat and cool 2,856 homes for a year
- 29,904 gallons of gasoline, enough to drive more than 837,000 miles in the average American car
- 8,722,000 gallons of water, enough to meet the daily fresh water needs of 116,293 Americans
- 5,108,600 kilowatt hours of electricity, or a years supply of power for more than 425 average homes
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