Cooper Wiring Devices (formally Eagle Electric Manufacturing Company, Inc.) is one of the largest manufacturing employers in New York City, and the second largest producer of residential wiring devices in the world. Facilities in Long Island City contain the company’s metal forming, plating, plastic molding, and packaging operations, as well as warehousing and administrative offices.
Cooper Wiring realized opportunities to reduce their waste removal expenses by establishing new or enhancing existing programs for corrugated cardboard, pallets, and office paper.
- Pallets. Cooper Wiring generates more than 9,000 wooden pallets annually. The company sold over 5,000 pallets to a pallet recycler during the course of one year, avoiding ten tons of waste and generating more than $5,000 in revenue. Additional savings were generated when 3,900 broken pallets were segregated and chipped for use as mulch at a slightly lower price than what Cooper would have paid to discard the pallets as waste.
- Corrugated cardboard. Cooper Wiring diverts, flattens, and consolidates approximately 50 tons of corrugated cardboard for recycling every year. The company’s carter collects the cardboard at no cost, allowing Cooper Wiring to avoid disposal costs of approximately $12,250 per year.
- Paper. High-grade white paper from administrative offices is diverted to recycling containers near each printer. At the end of the workday, porters empty the containers into canvas hampers, which are collected by the waste carter about every two weeks. In one year, Cooper Wiring recycled more than 21.5 tons of high-grade white paper. In addition, Cooper Wiring estimates that its 150-plus office workers annually generate an additional 23 tons of mixed paper. Soon after this observation, management launched a desk-side, mixed-paper recycling program. White and mixed paper are collected at no charge, saving Cooper Wiring approximately $3,900 per year in disposal costs.
Source: NYC WasteLess Summary Report, Spring 2000, p. 63
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