Through its WasteWise program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized 35 Spartech Corp. plants for waste reduction, the company said in an Oct. 16 news release. During 2007, Spartech said, its operations prevented or recycled more than 287 million pounds of waste, a 54 percent increase over 2006.
WasteWise, launched in 1994, has more than 2,000 partners in industry and government. Each year, the program develops an individualized climate profile for every participant that reports annual data. The profile translates reported waste prevention and recycling figures into greenhouse-gas emission reduction figures. Spartech said in 2007 it reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 94,588 metric tons of carbon equivalent, equal to the exhaust from 63,521 passenger vehicles.
``This recent recognition reinforces one of Spartech's core values of corporate sustainability,'' said Myles Odaniell, president and chief executive officer, in the release. ``We are committed to continually improving our waste reduction and recycling efforts by accepting our responsibility for the future through environmentally sound business practices.''
For the nine months ending Aug. 2, the thermoformer, compounder and producer of molded and profile products in Clayton reported a profit of $5.3 million on sales of $1.05 billion.