Orchard Park, NY, April 21, 2016 – Orchard Park-based Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants, and prototyping materials, reduced their waste by 137,000 pounds between 2014 and 2015. This waste reduction was seven percent higher than the previous year due to the adoption of single-stream recycling at twelve facilities. Overall, only 21 percent of the company’s solid waste was sent to landfills in the same time period. Curbell Plastics introduced the single-stream recycling program to seven locations in 2014 and added an additional five in 2015. As an added bonus, due to this recycling effort the company saved $17,000 in dumpster collection fees.
In recent years, Curbell, Inc. the parent company of Curbell Plastics, made a commitment to strengthen environmental practices through recycling, reuse, and donation of materials in order to reduce overall waste. Part of that commitment includes single-stream recycling which consists of all recyclable materials (plastic, glass, paper, metal) being deposited into a single bin. The materials are then sorted at the recycling facility. This form of recycling is easier for employees and reduces the amount of space needed for recycling efforts at their locations.
According to Mark Shriver, Director of Safety & Environmental Affairs for Curbell, Inc. and its subsidiaries, “While we have always recycled plastics where possible, we really ramped up our efforts at Curbell Plastics locations last year. When we went to single-stream recycling, we knew it would be easier for our employees, thus encouraging more participation. We have been pleased to see the significant impact it has made reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills, decreasing our waste collection fees, and making this a sustainable business model. Employees really embraced this effort because they began to understand the benefit when we shared the results with them.”
In addition to recycling efforts, Curbell, Inc. involved employees, through employee education and by hosting electronic recycling events for the community. During the month of April, using Earth Day as a focal point, Curbell hosts educational events with prizes and other activities designed to encourage employee action and increase understanding of sound environmental practices.
Curbell Plastics, Inc. strategy of investing for the long term and focusing on customer needs has led the organization to grow from a small machine shop to one of the nation’s leading suppliers of plastic materials serving commercial and industrial customers since 1942. Curbell not only supplies plastic materials in nearly every form for thousands of commercial businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies but also provides innovative services, creative problem solving, and next-day delivery. Curbell Plastics has ISO 9001 certification for nine of their locations and corporate headquarters as well as ITAR and EAR compliance. A subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., Curbell Plastics is a privately held company with a 70-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.