INDIANAPOLIS - A.R. Arena Prod-ucts Inc. of Rochester, N.Y., received the 1995 Robert Schad Environmental Award on May 8 at ANTEC '96 in Indianapolis for development and commercialization of a reusable container for processing, storing and transporting cheese. ``Environmental benefits usually come when there are economic benefits,'' said Robert Schad, president of Husky Injection Molding Systems, in presenting a bronze sculpture and $150,000 to Tony Arena, A.R. Arena's president.
The annual award recognizes products, processes and technological developments in the injection molding industry that make a quantifiable contribution to the environment.
The plastic container, known as the Atlas Shipper, was introduced by A.R. Arena in 1990. Unlike wax-coated plywood containers previously used to hold standard 640-pound blocks of cheese, Atlas does not require refurbishing after use, eliminating waste resulting from used wax, stripped paint and solvents. And since the container is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the 15-20 pounds of whey produced by each large block of cheese can be used as food product rather than discarded.
The 85-pound Atlas weighs 35 percent less than wood containers, reducing freight costs and saving an estimated 10,725 gallons of fuel annually. Its thin-walled, ribbed design also lessens cheese cooling time by one day, producing an additional 15 percent energy savings, according to A.R. Arena.