The Kenworth assembly plant in Renton, Washington, recently earned a 2016 Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling Award from the King County (Washington) Solid Waste Division for exceptional efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.
That marks the eighth consecutive year that Kenworth - Renton has received the award, which enabled the plant to achieve King County’s prestigious Honor Roll status for the fourth consecutive year.
“The Kenworth – Renton plant has a comprehensive waste prevention and recycling program, which targets achieving the goal of zero waste to the landfill. Our employees are focused on daily efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle to protect the environment through continuous improvement,” said Daryl Simon, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations.
Kenworth – Renton’s Zero Waste to Landfill initiative features the recycling of paper, cardboard, wood, plastics, scrap metal, engine oils, antifreeze, electronics, light bulbs, toner cartridges, and cooking oil used in the cafeteria. The Kenworth program includes the use of returnable shipping containers, recycling of wood pallets, reduced packaging material, and waste-stream segregation. Kenworth-Renton’s cafeteria has a composting program for food waste and food service items. A comprehensive energy management system also helps to minimize environmental impact.
In addition, the Kenworth – Renton plant currently holds a Gold Award presented this year by King County’s Industrial Waste Program in honor of local facilities whose business practices contribute to protecting regional water quality.
Kenworth’s plants in Renton, Washington, and Chillicothe, Ohio, both hold the prestigious ISO 14001:2004 certification for effective environmental management systems established to help build Class 8 trucks in an environmentally responsible manner. Kenworth’s medium duty products are produced at the PACCAR manufacturing facility in Ste. Therese, Quebec, which also holds ISO 14001:2004 status.
Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at www.kenworth.com. Kenworth is a PACCAR company.