I am again going speak about Kimberly Clark and introduce additional sustainable information on their efforts to reduce waste and on their continued process improvements, in the areas of manufacturing. We will review the company’s strategic initiatives for reducing waste as it relates to process manufacturing, which contributes to the majority of their solid waste, water and energy issues, and we will conduct a solid waste audit assessment, and review the findings in this un-official report.
I. Define the Major Sources of Solid Waste:
Defining the major sources of solid waste for KC begins by reviewing the solid waste produced in their manufacturing processes worldwide, since this contributes to the highest output of solid waste and environmental waste. The waste to landfill ratio for KC, still ranks high among EPA and other environmental standards, this is due to process manufacturing of paper products. This method has been in existence in the paper industry since the late 1870‘s, which required large amounts of electricity and water during process manufacturing. Through the year’s newer machines, new efficiency standards, and conservation programs began to be, implemented for KC and other manufacturers worldwide, due to growing environmental concerns, and global warming. However the high demand for forest products, pulp, recycled fibers, energy, and water could not be greater, therefore the process used to produce these products had to change because of the high volume of waste originally destine to landfills, which is now being diverted from the same landfills. Thanks to the efforts of consumers, EPA and hundreds of GRI and ISO standards now within the manufacturing industry.
If you look at KC’s mill pe...
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With the disposal of solid waste from process, manufacturing and its waste pose considerable challenges for many organizations. Since, landfilling has become limited, and with the cost of waste disposal continuing to rise, they needed alternative measures.
One solution for reducing waste volume would benefit the environment, and could lower our operating costs. While working toward this objective, challenges to achieve impressive goals, which puts zero manufacturing waste into landfills. By recycling and reusing, the waste allows them to minimize the use of virgin forest materials in future process manufacturing.
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