The core direction of DuPont is Sustainable Growth — the creation of shareholder and societal value while we reduce our environmental footprint along the value chains in which we operate. Through this Commitment to Safety, Health and Environmental Excellence, we affirm to all our stakeholders, including our employees, customers, shareholders and the public, that we will conduct our business with respect and care for the environment. We will implement those strategies that build successful businesses and achieve the greatest benefit for all our stakeholders without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
By recycling paper products, aluminum, plastic bottles and glass containers, we reduced our conventional waste disposal by 40 percent. Our goal is a 60 percent reduction over three years.
Some plastics and plastic-like products are not recyclable by conventional means. A process known as “Refuse Derived Fuel” provides us with another opportunity for recycling as opposed to landfill contributions. The un-recyclables are combustible and provide fuel for the safe and effective generation of electricity and steam. We have a dedicated container for such items.
Items and equipment that no longer meet our needs, but have lost their serviceability, are offered to others for continued use. Local schools, churches, fire departments, and businesses have benefited from this effort.
We have replaced paper cups and Styrofoam with recyclable or biodegradable paper products, whenever possible.
Encourage, through regular reminders, the importance of turning off un-needed lighting or equipment. Install occupancy sensors in targeted areas to reduce the use of electricity when rooms are vacant.
E-cycling Events – By recycling small electrical appliances, we help keep them out of landfills and support projects with Goodwill Industries.
Steel, Plastic, Fluorescent Lamp, and Battery Recycling - To date, we've recycled 12.5 tons of material. We also team up with Veolia Environmental Services to recycle fluorescent lamps, keeping a hazardous material and its component parts out of the environment.
We also participate in a battery recycling program, specifically for dry-cell and rechargeable types.
We use many of Unisource's "Green Product Solutions" such as environment-friendly cleaning chemicals and disposable paper products.