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05/14/14 by Juanita Teschner
Daimler employees have easy access to recycling stations.
The Cleveland facility of Daimler Trucks of North America has taken additional steps to advance its commitment to the environment.
The plant recently offered a gas-cap check to employees on all three shifts. Eric Moser, senior environmental engineer at the facility, and Shelia Armstrong, air quality outreach coordinator with the Center for the Environment, worked together to plan and orchestrate the event, which checked for leaking gas caps and replaced faulty ones free of charge. Megan Green, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s air quality mobile sources program manager, also assisted with the event.
Records show that 30 gallons of gasoline and about 200 pounds of evaporative emissions can be released every year from a leaking gas cap. This contributes to air pollution and wastes fuel.
The Center for the Environment provided tire pressure gauges to the first 250 employees who visited the information table before the event. A vehicle’s gas mileage decreases 4 percent for every missing pound of tire pressure.
“It was great to see the interest at Daimler in conducting gas cap checks for not only their plant in Cleveland but also in the future for their other facilities across North Carolina,” Armstrong says. “We are excited to see a major employer committed to a wide range of environmental programs that benefit not only our area but their employees on a personal level.”
Eric Moser and Dawn Grant check gas caps for leaks at
Daimler Truck facility in Cleveland.
The Cleveland plant has also taken major steps to avoid sending waste material to the local landfill, and by the end of last year, the plant achieved landfill-free status. “We send no products to the landfill,” Moser says, “and we recycle as many materials as possible.”
The company collects eight different waste materials for recycling, including metal, used oil, cardboard, plastic and paper. It has already achieved a 94 percent recycle rate with a goal of 95 percent within easy reach.
It also composts an average of 6,840 pounds of material each month – things like food waste, paper from the cafeteria and brown paper towels.
The solid waste that cannot be recycled or composted is sent to a waste-to-energy plant in South Carolina where it is incinerated to produce energy.
Moser calculates that through recycling, composting and the waste-to-energy process, the Cleveland plant has prevented 1.3 million pounds of waste from going to the local landfill each month during the first quarter of this year.
The management team at the Cleveland facility and the company as a whole are concerned about the environment and the community, Moser says. “They want to “make sure we do the right thing and do it the right way.”