Global solid waste generation is increasing rapidly and is anticipated to exceed 11 million tons per day by 2100. Waste in landfills can cause soil and water contamination, and waste materials, such as plastics and ash from incineration, can be costly to manage. Solid waste management is one of the greatest costs in municipal budgets, and it can represent a significant, but often-manageable cost to companies as well.i,ii
Gardner Denver Thomas, a subsidiary of Gardner Denver Medical Group, manufactures vacuum pump and compressor technologies including: articulated piston WOB-L piston, diaphragm, rotary vane, linear, liquid diaphragm, liquid linear diaphragm, and peristaltic.
To reduce waste disposal and associated costs in its Monroe, Louisiana facility, Gardner Denver Thomas implemented a number of waste diversion and recycling efforts. In 2015, these actions included:
- Continued recycling of materials including cardboard, which previously generated 800 lbs. of waste per day, and wire, which now generates a revenue stream.
- Reduced waste bin pickups by the waste management provider from twice a week to once a month or less.
- Began evaluating options for diverting wood pallets from the waste stream.
These improvements in waste management helped Gardner Denver Thomas reduce tons of waste by approximately 80 percent between 2011 and 2015iv and lower related costs by approximately 65 percent between 2013 and 2015. The decreased costs resulted primarily from a reduction in waste management needs.