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Zero waste to landfill user group successes

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Herman Miller worked with VanderWall Bros. Concrete Products to repurpose some scrap powder paint into concrete products that are used as counterweights in the company’s furniture. Herman Miller worked with VanderWall Bros. Concrete Products to repurpose some scrap powder paint into concrete products that are used as counterweights in the company’s furniture. COURTESY PHOTO

ADAC Automotive — Grand Rapids
The automotive supplier of door handles and mirrors worked with the Zero Waste to Landfill User Group to gain outside insight on recycling its scrap plastic materials and has increased production quality as a result. Relationships made with other members allowed ADAC to tour other facilities and explore new options for its internal recycling program.

Grand Rapids Label Co. — Grand Rapids
Through the user group, Grand Rapids Label found partners to develop recycling methods for its speciality label papers and film waste — a problem that no one in label business knows how to deal with, said John Crosby, vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s still a little premature on being able to tell a success story, but I think we are going to get there,” Crosby said.

Haworth Inc. — Holland
The Holland-based furniture manufacturer achieved zero waste to landfill status in its West Michigan locations by finding a source for its scrap powder coat paint. The company uses its experience to mentor smaller manufacturers in the user group. It also partners with smaller powdercoaters that would otherwise not produce enough volume of the waste to secure a recycler to aggregate their scrap and avoid sending the powder paint to the landfill.

Herman Miller Inc. — Zeeland
Having committed to a zero waste to landfill goal by 2023, the Zeeland-based furniture company works with VanderWall Bros. Concrete Products of Spring Lake to develop a process for mixing scrap powder paint waste with the concrete used as counterweights inside some furniture products and in building blocks. The company also opened its doors to other members of the Zero Waste to Landfill User Group for a tour of its recycling facilities.

Landscape Forms Inc. — Kalamazoo
The outdoor furniture maker partnered with Great Lakes Filter to incorporate a semi-closed loop filter system into its facility. Landscape Forms sends its used particle filters to Great Lakes Filter, which cleans the filters and recycles them into low-density polyethylene pellets. The company has diverted 98 percent of its waste from the landfill.

Light Corp. Inc. — Grand Haven
The manufacturer drastically cut down on the number of dumpster hauls and cut waste costs 50 percent by partnering with Haworth to ship excess powder paint to a recycling facility. Since recycling facilities often require large quantities of scrap powder paint before accepting it for processing, Light Corp. collaborated with the larger company to allow it to unload a waste product that it would normally not have been able to recycle.

Trendway Corp. — Holland
The Holland-based furniture manufacturer met its zero waste to landfill goal shortly after partnering with Holland-based Chef Container LLC in 2012. Trendway reduced an additional 4,500 tons of recyclable waste a year through this partnership and cut disposal expenses in half with its ZWL program. Chef Container was invited to present to the Zero Waste to Landfill User Group based on the successful partnership.

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