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NACD Members Support Earth Day, Every Day

2:28 AM MDT | April 23, 2010 | By NACD

Member companies of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD; Arlington, VA) supported the objectives of yesterday's Earth Day by incorporating both large and small environmental and conservation strategies into their ongoing everyday operations as called for in Responsible Distribution’s requirement to continuously improve performance in environment, health, safety, and security:
  • One company turned over their entire fleet of SUVs to fuel efficient sedans averaging 30 MPG or more.
  • Another member company has developed a green line of products as an alternative to traditional solvents for professional and home applications, providing a safer solution for both the user and the environment.
  • A member located in Texas, who built a new sustainable and innovative building in 2008, has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification. LEED is one of the nation’s preeminent programs for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
  • Another NACD member company joined the St. Louis Regional Growth Chamber’s Green Business Challenge and will compete with other local companies in efforts to reduce and improve their carbon footprint.
Most NACD member companies report routine procedures that include reusing, shredding, and recycling all paper; using document retrieval and storage software to cut down on printed forms and bills of lading; reusing containers and packaging; and recycling bottles, aluminum cans, steel, electronic equipment, printer cartridges, fluorescent bulbs/tubes, and batteries. Other actions include:
  • Recycling chemical line flush or off-spec products into merchandisable products.
  • Selling hazardous solvents as mask wash or paint gun cleaner to eliminate waste disposal.
  • Selling all factory-packed raw materials to customers.
  • Selling obsolete inventory to end-users versus disposing in landfill.
  • Following waste minimization procedures for chemical handling.
  • Reducing hazardous waste disposal by converting product into commercialized fuel products for specific industries.
  • Implementing water conservation controls.
  • Auditing suppliers’ recycling procedures to choose the most environmentally friendly.
“A focus on Responsible Distribution is prevalent throughout all NACD member companies’ green and sustainability efforts. It’s exciting to learn of their programs, some general in nature and others fine-tuned to fit the specific business,” says NACD President Chris Jahn. “Their impact on the environment is decreasing even as their products distributed have increased, according to our recent Membership Performance and Data Reports.”

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, NACD is getting ready to celebrate its 40th year. Since 1991, NACD member companies have been committed to continuous improvement in the responsible management of chemicals through Responsible Distribution’s Guiding Principles. In these Guiding Principles, environmental concerns are covered from the beginning stages of a product’s lifecycle, as in Guiding Principle #2: ‘To make health, safety, security, and environmental considerations a priority in planning for all existing and new operations, products, processes, and facilities.’ Additionally, environmental actions are implemented throughout the environmental management process, including the governing laws and regulations, as in Guiding Principle #7 – ‘To participate with government and others in creating responsible laws, regulations, and practices to safeguard the community, workplace, and environment.’”
For additional information on NACD’s Membership Performance and Data Reports results, visit: http://www.nacd.com/dist_process/rdp_indices_members.aspx.  

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