Dorel Juvenile Group Marks Earth Day with Zero Landfill Facility Designation

April 22, 2011
Company's manufacturing headquarters in Columbus, Ind. is zero-waste

Dorel Juvenile Group USA, a division of Dorel Industries and the nation's largest juvenile products manufacturer, announced on April 22 its commitment to maintain sustainable, zero-waste operations at its manufacturing headquarters in Columbus, Ind.

What began as an employee-initiated project to reduce our footprint on the local landfill resulted in DJG's Columbus headquarters becoming a zero landfill facility in the State of Indiana. Prior to this transformation, DJG was producing 2.5 million pounds of trash annually. By taking inventory of the waste generated, DJG employees were able to identify ways to resell and recycle what was previously considered trash.

The company has transformed its manufacturing processes to achieve zero-waste status through a multi-year process of combing through and eliminating waste step by step. The facility now produces on average one truck load of non recyclables per month. This trash is delivered to a waste energy facility in Indianapolis that provides steam energy to help power downtown Indianapolis.

Additionally, DJG has reduced natural gas use by 60% and water usage has been reduced by more than 95%.

To identify its status via the company's Tiny Footprint initiative, consumers will begin to see a new logo identifying the products manufactured in the zero landfill facility, first on-line and then on in store packaging.

To see video about process click here.

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