Southampton, Pennsylvania-based NewAge Industries, manufacturers of plastic and rubber tubing in reinforced and unreinforced styles, recently announced that it is now a zero-waste organization. All of the tubing manufacturer’s waste is reused, recycled or disposed of by combustion at a local EfW (Energy from Waste) facility.
NewAge has had a robust recycling plan in place for well over 20 years. Each team member has two trash containers: a black one for non-recyclable waste and another in blue for recyclable materials such as paper, plastic and glass. Separate containers store both types of waste outdoors before pick up and transport to an appropriate facility, either a recycler or an EfW facility. Used cardboard boxes and cardboard packaging is recycled separately. It, too, goes into its own container, where it is compacted into manageable bundles for recycling.
Non-recyclable trash is taken to a nearby EfW facility and burned as part of an energy recovery system. There, metals are removed from the waste and recycled, and the remaining trash is burned and used to heat water. The heated water is converted to steam, which then drives turbine generators to produce electricity.