By Andrew Williams,
Concern for the environment is an issue that is seldom out of the headlines. All industries are now looking at ways to promote a sustainable society, and the tyre industry is also playing its part in moving towards sustainability. Now Goodyear Dunlop has been presented with an award in recognition of its environmentally friendly philosophy.
At the end of 2006 Goodyear Dunlop instigated a corporate directive to eliminate the use of landfill sites for its waste by December 2007. This goal has been attained. And the company has been rewarded by the presentation of Severnside Recycling’s Personal Commitment to Recycling award.
Goodyear has worked closely with recycling companies to ensure that their waste is sorted in a way to make recycling as easy as possible. This has encouraged recyclers to utilise the waste for a number of diverse products, including playgrounds and fence-posts.
The programme has resulted in 77% of Goodyear’s waste being recycled, with the remainder being incinerated. The company has plans to reduce the percentage going to the incinerator to 15% by the end of 2008.
John Davies leader of the Goodyear Dunlop Waste Team commented on the award; “There are future opportunities that we must grasp. I am so proud of what we have achieved and to be given the award makes the hard work the team and I have put in all the more worthwhile. Not only have we managed to control the waste disposal costs of the plant, we have also reached the corporate goal, putting UK manufacturing on the map and have an award to prove its success.”
In the current climate, where the motorist is increasingly burdened with guilt about the environmental impact of driving, it is good to see tyre manufacturers restoring the balance, and improving the industry’s environmental credentials.