Curbell Plastics Puts Emphasis on Environmental Practices

Parent company Curbell, Inc. receives regional award for sustainability practices and waste reduction from EPA

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Orchard Park, NY, February 28, 2017 – Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants, and prototyping materials, is putting strong emphasis on its sustainability and environmental practices for 2017, continuing a commitment to reducing waste. The company has been championing this initiative since 2006. Curbell, Inc., parent company of Curbell Plastics, Inc. and Curbell Medical Products, Inc., was recently cited for its efforts by Region 2 of the Environmental Protection Agency as a Sustainable Materials Management Award Winner for its performance in environmental responsibility and sustainability.

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Left to right: Mark Shriver (Director of Safety & Environmental Affairs, Curbell, Inc.), Tina Sabuda (Vice Chair, Curbell, Inc.), and John Filippelli (Director of the Clean Air and Sustainability Division for the EPA’s
Region 2)

Each year, the EPA recognizes regional and national winners as top performers with its Sustainable Materials Management Program. Curbell was recognized as one of three top companies in the EPA’s Region 2 encompassing New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and eight tribal nations, for environmental practices under the agency’s WasteWise program. Participants, who elect to be part of the program, must demonstrate how they reduce waste, practice environmental stewardship, and incorporate sustainable materials management into their waste-handling processes. The award is based on self-reported data regarding the company’s efforts and impact of its environmental practices.

The award was presented to Tina Sabuda, Vice Chair, and Mark Shriver, Director of Safety & Environmental Affairs for Curbell, Inc. at a ceremony in Manhattan in early January. Companies honored were recognized for their focus on achieving sustainability and reducing industrial waste. Curbell was also recognized in 2015.

Strong environmental practices at Curbell’s headquarters in Orchard Park, NY, its Moorestown, NJ, and Rochester and Syracuse, NY plastics locations contributed to the Region 2 EPA award. All waste is recycled, reused, or sent to an incineration facility where the waste is turned into energy. Curbell employees are encouraged to take an environmental pledge supporting sustainable initiatives including recycling, reusing, and responsible energy consumption.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the company has realized economic benefits with reduced dumpster fees, and income from material recycling, as well as cost savings by reducing energy consumption through HVAC improvements and re-lighting projects.

According to Shriver, “While we are delighted to be recognized by the EPA for our environmental focus, we are most proud of the significant impact our work has on protecting our environment and reducing costs for our company. We have been an advocate and a leader in the plastics industry on environmental issues and we believe strongly in sharing our knowledge and best practices whenever possible. Being a strong environmental steward is not just a feel good activity, but one that can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line. We are very grateful for the EPA’s recognition of Curbell’s efforts.”

Curbell Inc. has had a strong environmental impact over the past several years by maintaining Zero Landfill status in its two largest facilities in Orchard Park, NY and diverting more than 2.25 million pounds of waste from landfills through its recycling, repurposing, and sustainability programs. Curbell Plastics has also been very active as an IAPD (International Association of Plastics Distribution) Green Scene member and supports environmental education and advocacy efforts within the plastics industry.  Curbell Plastics prevents more than 90 percent of plastic scrap from going to landfills and instead recycles or repurposes the materials. In some cases, scrap is donated to vocational schools so students can learn machining and fabrication techniques. Curbell Plastics also accepts scrap from its customers for recycling or repurposing.

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, ITAR and EAR compliance, and their Phoenix, Arizona location is AS9120 certified. A subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., Curbell Plastics is a privately held company with a 75-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.