As a responsible manufacturer, D&W has, for many years, made it a priority to use less of all of our resources. 95% of all scrap glass and mirror from our processes is hauled to a recycler. In addition, the majority of paper, corrugated, lumber, and metals are also recycled. Our landfill costs, and ultimately our impact on the environment, have been reduced by 75% over the past 5 years. Our Hazardous Wastes Status has been reduced from a Small Quantity Generator to Conditionally Exempt due to process changes.
The newly installed mirror coating process on our silver line has significantly reduced the amount of paint and solvents used. With this innovative approach, we have reduced the amount of VOC’s we emit into the environment enough to warrant a lesser permit level with the EPA. In addition, D&W has reduced water consumption in our plant by 30% due to utilizing rejected reverse osmosis water from one process in another less critical water consuming process.
D&W prides itself as being a recognized innovator in the industry and will continue to search for ways to reduce our footprint while maintaining the highest standards.
Environmental stewardship is a high priority for D&W Inc. and here are some of our recent achievements.
- Reduced our Air Permit with IDEM from a FESOP(Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit) to an MSOP(Minor Source Operating Permit) this year due to process changes which included an upgraded application system.
- Reduced our Hazardous Waste Status from a Small Quantity Generator to Conditionally Exempt due to a process changes.
- Reduced our waste stream by 75% due to recycling of the following:
- Scrap Mirror
- Scrap Glass
- Scrap Wood
- Office Paper
- Scrap Steel
- Various other metals
- Aluminum Cans
4. Reduced water consumption within our plant by 30% due to utilizing rejected reverse osmosis water from one process in another less critical water consuming process.