Shenandoah Eaton Plant

Members of the “Green Team” at Eaton’s Shenandoah, Iowa, plant work to adopt operating practices to minimize waste and energy consumption at the facility.  

(Shenandoah) -- A Shenandoah manufacturing facility is being recognized for its efforts to reduce environmental impact.

Officials with Eaton announced this week that the Shenandoah Vehicle Group facility has achieved a zero waste-to-landfill rating. The rating is part of a company-wide initiative at Eaton that encourages manufacturing sites to reduce the release of greenhouse gases that are associated with landfills.

“Waste reduction is environmentally responsible and the right thing to do for our Shenandoah facility and our community,” said Rob Murtfeld, manager, Environment, Health and Safety, Eaton’s Vehicle Group North America. “It directly contributes to us achieving our vision of improving the quality of life and the environment.”

The Shenandoah facility currently employs just over 100 workers who produce main cases, shift bar housings and rear plates for heavy-duty commercial truck transmissions. The facility began a waste reduction program in 2014 which includes engaging employees in environmentally-friendly opportunities, adopting operating practices to minimize waste and energy consumption and serving as a model of sustainability in the community.

“Our plant is proud to achieve zero waste to landfill status and happy that we were able to find ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle instead of throwing out our waste,” said Murtfeld.

To be recognized as a zero waste-to-landfill site, facilities must consistently must achieve a 98 percent landfill waste diversion rate through either reuse, composting, recycling or incineration using heat that is collected and reused.

The full release from Eaton Corporation can be found below.

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