Toxics Reduction Planning Saves Company $ 675,000

Ontario-based Prokleen Washing Services learns that reducing toxic and organic waste increases profit.

The “mythical” sustainability sweet spot does exist.  While many companies raise concerns about the recently enacted Toxics Reduction Act and regulations, other companies see the opportunity to take a “multimedia” approach to reduction that is leading to big savings on the bottom line.  

Bruce Taylor, workshop instructor for the Sustainability Learning Centre’s  “Developing your Toxic Use Reduction Plan”  course on  September 30, 20101 (Humber College North, Toronto) notes that his approach to Toxics Reduction is a win-win-win for the planet, company and communities.  For example, the Globe & Mail on June 9th reported that opportunities being implemented at Prokleen Washrack Services’ bulk transport truck cleaning facilities in Oakville and Concord will collectively save the company $675,000 a year in operating costs. The toxics reduction measures themselves had modest savings ($4,000/yr with 1 month payback). However, the multimedia conservation approach used by Bruce during the assessment also identified energy, water, sewer surcharge and waste disposal savings opportunities that brought the savings up to $ 675,000.  A feature on the CTV News illustrated how multimedia resource conservation can contribute to economic, environmental and social sustainability.  Resource conservation work helped the Brick Brewery to reduce their water, caustic, acid and energy consumption. This improved their economic sustainability by reducing their cost of sales; their environmental sustainability by reducing loadings to the sewer and GHG emissions to the air; and their social sustainability by donating refillable glass bottles that were used to help launch a sustainable income generating project in South Sudan.

Companies continually find “low hanging fruit” that increases their profitability while

Toxics Reduction Workshop will help companies increase their profit while meeting regulatory requirements.

 making  improvements to environmental and social sustainability.  Some companies are clearly getting “it”, but the majority are still operating in the dark ages.  They believe that the status quo is the most efficient and effective way of operating.  Not according to Professor Robert Ayres.  He demonstrated the inefficiency of our current systems, calculating over 95 percent of all resources extracted from the environment become waste within six months from harvest.  Any system that wastes 95% of inputs simply cannot be efficient.  We need to look at things differently. 

Bruce will be taking a different approach to the Toxics Reduction Planning process required by the Toxics Reduction Act and Regulations in the upcoming Sustainability Learning Centre course on September 30, 2010.  Participants will have the opporunity to learn how to create a Toxics Reduction Plan while saving money.  The program is being held at the Humber College North Campus in Toronto.  An early registration discount is in effect now.  Register Here:  Developing your Toxics Use Reduction Plan

Learn more about Bruce Taylor at Enviro-Stewards and the Sustainability Learning Centre. 

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About Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper is a committed sustainability practitioner and educator moving companies toward “green” profitability and sustainable competitive advantage by unlocking human creativity and technical innovation. Over the last two years she has had the privilege to work with companies like Dupont, Zerofootprint, WWF Canada, and Partners in Project Green on sustainability issues, best practices and renewable energy. Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education specializing on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.
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