PPG Facilities Awarded for Sustainability
Global coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced in a press release last week that five of its facilities had been recognized by the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC) for programs that are advancing sustainability, health and safety.
All located in Ohio, the awarded facilities included those in Huron, Barberton, Euclid, Cleveland and Strongsville.
“At PPG, sustainability is at the core of our business operations,” said Mike Corcoran, PPG Global Manager, Operational Sustainability. “We are constantly seeking ways to reduce our waste, water consumption and energy use and improve our processes to minimize our impact to the environment and to help ensure each employee goes home safe every day. We’re proud of our facilities that have identified inventive solutions that will contribute to our sustainability goals.”
In its announcement, PPG reported that the five Ohio-based sites earned a combined seven awards from the OCTC in the environmental and health and safety performance categories.
The OCTC Environmental Award was given to the Euclid site for its recent wastewater improvements. The recent adjustments reportedly reduced wastewater by 29% and waste costs by more than $80,000 annually. The change also resulted in a $3,900 reduction in annual freshwater costs.
The Cleveland facility was noted to have earned the OCTC Environmental and Health and Safety Performance Awards for its new paint recycling process. The continuous improvement of the methodology allows PPG to collect leftover paint at the end of production and repurpose it as a raw material for the next batch.
Since the improvement was implemented, the site has prevented more than 190,000 gallons (719,230 liters) of paint from becoming waste. The facility also identified improvements that helped increase the safety of loading and unloading materials and other routine production tasks.
For its efforts in diverting more than 37,000 pounds (16,780 kilograms) of plastic waste from a landfill by refurbishing or recycling plastic containers, the Strongsville facility was awarded the OCTC Environmental Performance Award.
And, both the Huron and the Barberton facilities received two OCTC Health and Safety Performance Awards. According to PPG, Huron proactively replaced its spill kits to be more sustainable and weather resistant, while Barberton recently implemented a material lifting device after identifying an ergonomic stressor in a production task.