With America Recycles Day serving as a reminder of the importance of reducing the environmental impact of its facilities, Bendix continues to work toward its goal of "zero waste to landfill" operations.
America Recycles Day is held every Nov. 15 by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful organization to promote and celebrate recycling in the United States.
"Less than one-twelfth of our waste now goes to landfills, and Bendix is pleased with the progress we've made in recent years toward reducing that fraction to zero," said Maria Gutierrez, Bendix health, safety, and environmental manager.
All Bendix plants have instituted recycling of waste such as paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, and metal. In 2011, the company diverted more than 5,400 tons of waste and recycled more than 5,200 tons of material.
This year, Bendix has diverted 92% of its waste that once would have gone into landfills.
In recent years, Bendix has also strengthened its remanufacturing efforts, launching a business unit focused on the practice in 2011, and expanding it in 2012 with serial production of remanufactured brake shoes at its new Bendix Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center in Huntington, Ind.
Bendix reduces its environmental impact by dismantling products after their initial use, salvaging key components, and reassembling them with salvaged and new components to meet current specifications. This efficient form of recycling reduces the carbon footprint associated with the fabrication of new parts by 80%.
In 2011, Bendix remanufactured 300,000 units, recovering more than 70% of the material in the original parts, and diverting more than 4,200 tons of material from landfills.
The company has found other recycling channels as well: Bendix sends discarded dessicant from its recycled air dryers to a company that reclaims the waste material for use in producing cement.