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Hunter Employee Recycling Program
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Employee recycling centers provide a convenient location for Hunter employees to dispose of their nonstandard recyclables. Hunter will responsibly dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs, plastic bags, cell phones, eyeglasses, printer cartridges, and batteries. Eyeglasses and cell phones will be donated, and employees are rewarded with safety/wellness incentive points, which employees can turn in for gifts.

Waste

Hunter Industries is committed to achieving Zero Waste Certification for our facilities by 2017. Zero Waste certification requires that 90% of any material that does not end up in our product is diverted from the landfill. To ensure we exceed the 90% target, we are examining our business from top to bottom looking for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. In 2013, we diverted 70% of our waste from the landfill.

Trash Audit

We are working with our recycler to better understand our waste stream. We performed a visual audit by emptying a random selection of trash bags from our 1940 San Marcos headquarters building and analyzed the contents. Departments in our headquarters include manufacturing, molding, planning and finance - a representative cross section of Hunter. 
Contents by volume:
  • 25% plastic bags, resin bags
  • 20% food packaging 
  • 30% bathroom waste (paper towels)
  • 25% miscellaneous (paper, labels, wood pallets)
Much of this waste can be recycled, while items such as bathroom waste and resin bags cannot. We have processes to handle our manufacturing by-products such as scrap resin and assemblies, and we are working to create similar processes to ensure we are recycling everything possible.  
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Plastic Regrind

A majority of our product is made of plastic parts that are injection molded in house. During plastic injection molding , plastic resin becomes molten and fills a cavity in the mold to form a part. A plastic remnant called a runner is left over from where the cavity was filled. At Hunter, we remove the runner from the part and it is either recycled or reused. Reusing and recycling the runner saves vast resources required to produce and transport virgin plastic resin.

Below is a video that Hunter Mexico produced to describe our efforts to reuse plastic remnants from our injection molding process:

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In 2013

  • Hunter Mexico was able to capture and reuse 134,000 pounds of resin
  • Hunter San Marcos was able to capture and reuse 33,000 pounds of resin

Hunter reused 167,000 pounds of resin which equates to saving 825,000 pounds of CO2 and 4,670,000 gallons of water that would have been needed to extract and produce virgin resin.

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Hazardous Waste Program

As a vertically integrated manufacturer, some of our processes have hazardous byproducts classified as waste. Our stringent hazardous waste procedures ensure we capture all byproducts and send for treatment or reuse. Less than 1% of the waste we generated can be classified, as per local regulations and standards, as hazardous waste. Hazardous waste at Hunter includes oils, fuels, antifreeze, corrosive waste, paint, and silicone grease.

 
 
Hazardous vs. Non Hazardous (tons)
  Non Hazardous Waste Hazardous Waste Total Waste
2013 2176 31.6 2208
2012 2115 23.7 2139

 

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Paper Reduction Program

Hunter San Marcos is working to cut internal paper use in half, from 3.3 million sheets in 2011 to 1.6 million in 2015. In 2013 our reduction stagnated at 2.4 million sheets of paper. To help us change our paper usage, we are working with business students from California State University, San Marcos to analyze our processes and develop a paper reduction campaign that will change our habits and leverage print management software. 

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Printers to Mexico

When we upgraded to our new printer fleet, our old fleet was slated to be sent to an e-waste facility. With the help of IS, Distribution and Focus3P, our volunteer sustainability group, we were able to package and ship more than 50 printers to non-profit organizations in Northern Baja. Cadenas de Ayuda, an umbrella nonprofit that helps needy families was instrumental in the logistical support. Cadenas helped distribute the printers to schools, the Red Cross, the fire department, and children’s shelters. This project showed the power of reuse over recycling to benefit the environment and society. 

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Looking Forward

  • Reduce our paper use by 50% by 2015 (San Marcos Campus)
  • Centralized waste collection areas
  • Better tracking of landfill waste
  • Zero waste to Landfill by 2017
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