Orbus’ two manufacturing and distribution facilities are certified under the ISO 14001:2004 standard, which provides guidelines to establish and maintain an environmental management system through minimizing harmful effects on the environment caused by business activities and achieving continual improvement of environmental performance. Orbus employees are encouraged daily to reduce waste headed to landfills. A new Waste Champions team was introduced in 2017 to help reduce electrical and natural gas usage and create more efficient processes for reducing waste.
Orbus follows strict guidelines in daily operations.
In 2016, the company’s recycling efforts resulted in the recycling of 555,000 pounds of cardboard, 80,000 pounds of aluminum, 397,500 pounds of fabric, and 132,800 pounds of plastic. Recycling bins in employee lunch rooms, cubicles, and offices, along with fabric, plastic and paper recycling programs in the warehouses encourage and enable such results.
In addition, the company repurposed scrap wood and fabric. It donated wood to local fire departments for training efforts and to craftsmen to create furniture, and donated three truckloads of scrap fabric to Matthew 25: Ministries. The donated fabric is used in vocational schools, organizations that encourage women to create clothing sold for income, and in community groups to create blankets, curtains and more. Orbus’ recycling and repurposing efforts reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills from both locations by more than 9 percent over 2015 numbers.
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