Hunter Industries is committed to achieving Zero Waste Certification for our San Marcos campus 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 2012, we diverted 67% of our waste from the landfill.
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 silicon grease.
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Waste by Disposal Method
Over the past 5 years Hunter Industries has made a concerted effort to reduce our waste to landfill. The majority of our waste is recycled, and a recent trash audit found much of our waste going to the landfill is food and paper based. Preventing waste to landfill is important because landfills have harmful emissions including methane, produce toxic materials that can leach into our waterways, and conflict with other land-use priorities. This year, we produced more waste but diverted a higher percentage from the landfill.
Paper Reduction Program
Hunter is working on a bold paper reduction initiative. The goal is to cut our paper use by 50% by the first quarter of 2015. We baselined our internal paper usage in 2011 at 3.3 million sheets of paper, which equates to consuming an entire tree every day. In 2012 we used 2.5 million sheets -- a 25% decrease. This decrease was achieved by upgrading Hunter’s printer fleet with more environmentally friendly multifunction printers (MFPs). The MFPs offer more managed functionality, such as default double-sided and black/white printing. Hunter also switched to 100% recycled janitorial/sanitary paper products saving $6,400 annually.
Through leaner operations and improved technology, the Finance Department has succeeded in reducing their paper use. Their commitment has spawned our company wide effort to reduce paper use. The Hunter Sustainability Action Group is working with other top paper using departments to transform user habits. We are educating employees on technology tools and recruiting employee’s from all departments to help champion this effort.Back to Top
Centralized Waste Collection Pilot Program
Hunter has a piloted a program by replacing all individual waste and recycling receptacles with centralized collection areas in our Human Resources department. The response has been positive.
- Discourages commingling of recyclable goods with waste
- Encourages waste minimization through awareness of what we throw away and what can be recycled
- Uses less resources such as trash bags, cans, and time
- Promotes good office ergo practices which encourages employees to get up and move around
Employee Recycling Program
Coffee Grounds to Compost Program
As a part of the employee recycling centers, blue "coffee grounds" collection buckets have been set up at Hunter coffee stations. Employees collect the grounds to use in their gardens or compost piles. After a successful pilot program, we ended 2012 by rolling out a companywide collection program. In 2013 we plan to repurpose 11,923 lbs. of coffee grounds as organic fertilizer instead of going to the landfill.Back to Top
We are working to divert more materials from the landfill through various initiatives.
- Reduce our paper use by 50%
- Centralized waste collection areas
- Better tracking of landfill waste
- Zero waste to Landfill by 2017