General Dynamics NASSCO has announced that it has earned its second consecutive recycling award for the year 2010 from the City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department, in part because it recycles spent abrasive from its blast and paint facility for use as an additive in cement.
NASSCO was honored with a 2010 Director's Recycling Award for its efforts to divert waste from landfills and conserve natural resources. In 2010, the company's recycling initiatives led to an 81 percent recycling of the 33,294 tons (or 66.6 million pounds) of trash generated by the shipyard in 2010, the company says.
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NASSCO's 81 percent recycling rate in 2010 surpassed the company's objective of 79 percent recycling, a goal that the shipyard says it is working to beat again this year. NASSCO recycles items including spent abrasives, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, paper, cardboard, oil, plastic, electronic waste and rags.
As a result of its recycling efforts, the company points out that its recycling and trash compaction lines have reduced large trash truck hauls to the Otay Mesa landfill from six truck hauls per day to just one. These efforts help to extend the life of San Diego's landfills, and also reduce NASSCO's carbon footprint on the community, the company says.
Located in San Diego, General Dynamics NASSCO employs more than 3,600 people and is the only major ship construction yard on the West Coast of the United States. Additional information on General Dynamics NASSCO can be found at www.nassco.com.