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NRAs 2014: Waste Prevention Award

Winner: Cummins

2004 Cummins has been expanding and continually improving its global Enterprise scheme, which goes beyond the requirements of ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001. It has developed a corporate goal of improving performance while allowing the different business units and sites to develop tailored road maps.

The company has 22 facilities in the UK, covering five business units, all at different stages along the way to zero waste. Cummins is working towards a 2020 goal of achieving an overall worldwide recycling rate of 95% and wants to increase the number of sites that are recycling 100%. It is also reducing the total amount of waste being generated across the entire business.

“This showed a drive from the heart of the company to prevent waste, and local empowerment to achieve it through a suite of projects. It fostered a culture of minimisation which is hard to achieve in a large company.”

The Judges

To help direct the company, its corporate environmental team and individual business unit environmental leaders developed a comprehensive waste toolkit. This allows all sites to map their waste, improve data collection and increase recycling and reuse.

A waste scorecard conducted every six months allows the business to benchmark sites of similar size and complexity, and to monitor their progress. By using an Enablon data system, it can track waste, energy and water together with certain process chemicals. The data can be seen as a company, a business unit or as a country. Waste mapping has allowed Cummins to identify what waste is being generated and where.

Using a combination of Enterprise procedures and training, six sigma improvement techniques and 5S lean manufacturing techniques, the company has seen its UK sites steadily reduce the amount of waste being generated. Where possible waste is reused or eliminated from the internal and supply chains.

At its facility in Kent, for example, it tests generator sets before sale. After testing, it is required to drain the oil which is disposed of as hazardous waste. But learning from its sites in Darlington and Daventry, the Kent site installed an oil recycling and filter system which allows the drained oil to be reused.

Measures such as this have resulted in Cummins reducing the total amount of waste generated by 31% and increasing recycling to 98%. It is now seeking further improvement.

The Finalists:

  • Charnwood Borough Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
  • Marketing PRojects
  • Newman University
  • North London Waste Authority
  • Plastic Surgeon
  • Recycle for London and West London Waste Authority
  • Willmott Dixon

Waste Prevention

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