Hunter Facilities: Designed to Reduce Waste and Save Water and Energy
At Hunter, our efforts for conservation extend far beyond our product line. The practice of minimizing resource use is alive in every aspect of our business including our facilities and manufacturing processes.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, green building certification system. When it came time to expand our corporate facilities in San Marcos, CA, we built a LEED Certified Gold building to house our distribution operations and provide state-of-the-art office space. The building was also built with photovoltaic power generation, which is a process whereby solar panels actually return voltage back into the local power grid. To maintain this effort for environmental sustainability in the future, Hunter has established an accomplished facilities team whose first objective is investigating and implementing environmentally sound policies in all of our buildings.
Our pledge to our environment is stated in our core values. It is illustrated by the environmental impact statement, which shows the reduction of our carbon footprint during a time when manufacturing processes actually increased. We now recycle paper, cardboard, shrink wrap, junk plastic (bags, wrappers, sheeting), electronics, batteries, used oil, fluorescent lamps, cell phones, eye glasses, metals of all types, and plastic scrap from our molding processes. According to a recent report from our recycling vendor, Resource Management Group, in 2010 Hunter diverted 77.8 tons of material from our landfills.
When product is returned to Hunter Industries for warranty replacement, the product is first inspected to discover root cause of product performance issue if any. The product is then dismantled, sorted by material type and recycled. 100% of the returned materials are sent to partners specializing in the recycling of the respective materials. Nothing is sent to landfills.
Our ultimate goal is to become a zero waste facility through diversion and process improvement. With so many programs and policies in place, we feel we're on our way.
Solar panels return voltage back into local power grid.
Hunter's recycle plan diverted 77.8 tons of material from landfills.
162 skylights illuminate the main warehouse to reduce energy use.