Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises says seven corporate Cox locations have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status. The announcement was timed to coincide with America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, 2016.
Cox Conserves, the company’s national sustainability program, focuses on waste management and carbon and water conservation. The program works with each of the company’s major divisions: Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group.
“Through Cox Conserves, we are committed to making a positive impact on the environment,” says Lacey Lewis, a senior vice president with the company who oversees its sustainability operations. “This means finding every possible way to recycle, reuse and repurpose materials at our locations. I’m extremely proud that each of our major divisions has a zero waste to landfill location.”
Cox Enterprises’ zero waste-to-landfill locations include:
- Cox Communications in Harahan, Louisiana;
- Cox Communications in Phoenix;
- Cox Media Group’s print technology center in Franklin, Ohio;
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s distribution center in Alpharetta, Georgia;
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s printing facility in Norcross, Georgia;
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s distribution center in Stone Mountain, Georgia; and
- Xtime’s headquarters in Redwood City, California.
Among the waste diversion methods Cox has identified include selling its used materials and donating the funds to local youth-focused nonprofits. Cox’s corporate campus in Atlanta features a waste reduction system that repurposes food and paper products from the dining facility into a soil amendment, which is used for landscaping to improve plant growth.
Earlier in 2016, Cox announced it is building the Golden Isles Conservation Center in Nahunta, Georgia. The facility will remove tires from the waste stream, repurpose them and generate energy.
Through partnerships with American Rivers and Ocean Conservancy, Cox employees have removed more than 25 tons of waste during ocean and river cleanups in the District of Columbia, California, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma and the state of Washington. Cox employees also participate in e-scrap collection events at different locations, the company says.
Cox Enterprises is a communications, media and automotive services company with revenue of $18 billion and approximately 60,000 employees. The company's brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Manheim.