WINCHESTER SPRING – Winchester, KY
Winchester Spring obtained Eco Initiative registration on July 31, 2012. As a result of their sustainability work, they were awarded the 2012 Environmental Excellence Award by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP). In 2015, the facility was awarded the Environmental Pacesetter Award by the KDEP.
Initially, the facility implemented small changes, such as reducing Styrofoam cup usage, saving coffee grounds for compost, and setting up color-coded containers to separate recyclables. The facility then moved on to bigger projects, such as:
As part of the Eco Initiative Social Responsibility requirement, facility employees are also involved in environmental projects outside the work place. Recently, they participated in the Clark County Community Clean-Up by picking up trash in the community.
In 2014, Winchester Spring set new goals to obtain for the year. The facility aimed to reduce new parts purchases by 25% by rebuilding parts (reusing). They set out to identify opportunities for energy efficiency by assessing air compressor efficiency, and aimed to set up a process for repairing ComfortCore® pallets and improving return of pallets from customers so they could recycle 90% of non-usable pallets by finding a vendor for them. The results of these three big projects as of August 2014 were:
- Projected savings of $25,000 for both buildings.
- $18,000 savings to date at New Street.
- Project savings YTD = $385,866.
- Project savings YTD = $18,550.
- Vendor is taking pallets that need to be recycled at no cost for Leggett.
The current goals that have been established for 2015 are as follows:
- Install LED lighting to all Spühl equipment.
- Implement a recycling program for Jowat glue bags. Glue bags are cleaned and reused. Using 275 polypropylene (PP) glue bags a year, the facility projects avoiding 20 square feet of PP from entering our waste-to-landfill stream. That’s a total of 1650 pounds!
- Phase II includes recycling mop heads at Ecton Road (already implemented at New Street), preventing 130 mop heads from going to landfill.
In 2015, Br 02 partnered with the Clark County Lions Club ink cartridge recycling/fundraising drive. Proceeds from recycled ink cartridges go to the Lions Camp Crescendo, a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life for youths, especially those with disabilities.