DMI Companies recently announced that their main manufacturing facility, located in Monongahela PA, is now classified as a zero waste to landfill facility. DMI is the first manufacturing facility to achieve the TRUE Silver zero waste to landfill certification in the state of Pennsylvania. Zero waste to landfill certifications are a relatively new concept in the industry. Typically manufacturing processes are large waste producers. DMI is among the first to cease sending waste to landfills through training, audits, and hard work from their employees.
Lisa Pavan, DMI’s sustainability & environmental compliance manager, made the final push for the classification beginning in November of 2018, “We started with a goal that if something could not be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, re-designed, or removed from our production pipeline…We saw initial hurdles eliminating recycling contamination. However, we worked hard to overcome those hurdles through training, audits, and employee buy in from the factory floor all the way to the corporate office.”
In 2018, DMI diverted 94.49% of their waste from incineration/landfill through recycle, reuse and reduction programs and plans to improve that diversion rate by 1% annually. TRUE- certified projects are environmentally responsible and achieve a minimum of 90 percent waste diversion. The program helps facilities turn waste into savings, cut greenhouse gas emissions, manage risk, reinvest resources and create jobs.
Raymond Yeager, President and CEO of DMI, noted, “We focus on sustainability in our corporate strategy through innovative products, operations, and employee engagement (i.e. culture change). We were introduced to this model many years ago and have continually embraced the concept. It’s time to bring it back to the forefront of our discerning employees at DMI. We commit ourselves to integrating sustainability as a core value for DMI; protecting the health and well-being of our employees and our communities.”