Sustainability Initiatives

Leading the way in the plastics industry

Sustainability, if applied correctly, not only conserves natural resources, but will reduce waste, consumption, and operating costs"
Tom Leone, Chariman of the Board

For More Information

Mark Shriver
Director of Environmental Affairs
716-667-3377 x7241
mshriver@curbellplastics.com

Our Sustainable Journey

Our commitment to sustainability comes directly from our Chairman, Tom Leone. He believes that responsible business practices are crucial to the long-term success of our company, our employees, our business partners, and the communities in which we operate.

An advocate of environmental responsibility, Tom recognized the benefits of sustainable best practices long before they were commonplace. In fact, in 2006, he first planted the seeds for Curbell Plastics to become a sustainable business.

Small Steps Make a Big Difference

As one of the first companies in the plastics industry to focus on sustainability, we found that there was no template to follow. So we started by assessing our operations, and quickly zeroed in on our greatest environmental impact—solid waste.

Focusing on our facilities in Western New York, we started by simply reducing the amount of solid waste going into landfills. This required us to overcome numerous hurdles including low volumes, mixed-value waste, local infrastructure constraints, storage restrictions, transportation concerns and internal culture issues. But within just two years, thanks to key partnerships and highly engaged employees, we were diverting 85% - 90% of our waste from landfills through our efforts to reduce, recycle and repurpose as much as possible. The balance of our waste, consisting of cafeteria and office waste, was then sent to a waste-to-energy incineration facility, allowing us to achieve zero landfill status.

Given this success, we turned our attention to our national locations, implemented similar efforts company-wide, and realized immediate returns. Over the next few years, throughout the efforts of Curbell locations all across the country, we have diverted millions of pounds of solid waste from landfills.

Since then, we have continued to focus on our largest areas of environmental impact, including energy consumption. For example, we have reduced our energy consumption by millions of kWh.

Today, these sustainability programs provide numerous benefits, including tangible dollar-and-cent savings to our bottom line. But more importantly, these immeasurable values continue to help make Curbell a sought-after employer, a business partner of choice, and a respected leader in all of the communities we serve.

Environmental Policy

Curbell is committed to complying with environmental laws and regulations, controlling and reducing our impact on the environment, and protecting our natural resources for future generations.

Environmental Pledge

We commit to become a thriving and resilient business by establishing and implementing a sustainability plan that:

  • Reduces waste and pollution
  • Protects our waterways
  • Optimizes the use of energy and materials
  • Invests in our community

We will follow this plan in a transparent and measurable way in an effort to collectively reduce the severity of global climate change.

Commitment

"Our policy and pledge are derived from the commitment set forth by our Chairman and our CEO. They have driven our sustainability efforts and set in motion a process of continual improvement. Every year, often based on employee suggestions, we target areas of our operations for waste reduction. We are proud of our many successes, and we will continue to fulfill our role as a leader in sustainable business practices within our industries and many of the communities in which we operate." 
–Mark Shriver, Director, Safety & Environmental Affairs

Sustainable Activities, Awards and Acknowledgments

In 2008, we proudly achieved the distinction of zero landfill at our two largest facilities in Buffalo Niagara. Our program now extends to all of our facilities, and we continue to partner with our service contractors, vendors and customers on various sustainability programs.

 

A Charter Member or Green Scene

A Founding member of the WNY SBR

A Founding Member of the WNY SBR

 

The Importance and Sustainability of Plastics

Plastics are used in place of traditional materials in virtually every industry, because they let manufacturers develop products that are:
•    Lighter weight 
•    Corrosive resistant 
•    Longer lasting
•    More resistant to weather
•    Less expensive
•    Easier to shape or make to shape
•    Reusable and recyclable

In fact, plastics often have less of an impact on the environment than many traditional materials. The responsible use of plastics has played a key role in helping many businesses move closer to environmental sustainability while remaining competitive.

From aerospace to food preservation, from implantable lifesaving devices to energy-generating windmills, plastics also play a key role in making our lives better, every day. Products as diverse as power transmission equipment, clothing, durable goods, communications devices and building materials are more affordable, available and accessible because they are made with plastics, which offer an impressive cost-to-performance ratio.

Restricted Materials Compliance

  • REACH
  • RoHS
  • Conflict Minerals
  • Compliance Guidance

As a plastics distributor, we work closely with our suppliers to ensure that proper certification can be provided at your request. Please contact your sales representative to request order-specific REACH or RoHS certification, or to request that certification be sent with all future orders.