The Kenworth Truck Co. assembly plant in Renton, Washington, recently received a 2016 Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling Award from the King County (Washington) Solid Waste Division for efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.
2016 marks the eighth consecutive year that Kenworth-Renton, a Paccar, Bellevue, Washington, company, has received the award, enabling the plant to achieve King County’s Honor Roll status for the fourth consecutive year.
“The Kenworth-Renton plant has a comprehensive waste prevention and recycling program, which targets achieving the goal of zero waste to the landfill. Our employees are focused on daily efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle to protect the environment through continuous improvement,” says Daryl Simon, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations.
Kenworth-Renton’s zero-waste-to-landfill initiative features the recycling of paper, cardboard, wood, plastics, scrap metal, engine oils, antifreeze, electronics, light bulbs, toner cartridges and cooking oil used in the cafeteria. The Kenworth program includes the use of returnable shipping containers, recycling of wood pallets, reduced packaging materials and waste-stream segregation. Kenworth-Renton’s cafeteria has a composting program for food waste and food service items. A comprehensive energy management system also helps to minimize the plant's environmental impact.
In addition, the Kenworth-Renton plant currently holds a Gold Award presented this year by King County’s Industrial Waste Program in honor of local facilities with business practices that contribute to protecting regional water quality.
Kenworth’s plants in Renton, Washington, and in Chillicothe, Ohio, both hold ISO 14001:2004 certification for effective environmental management systems. Kenworth’s medium-duty products are produced at the Paccar manufacturing facility in Ste. Therese, Quebec, which also holds ISO 14001:2004 status.