FCCC Honored with Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
FCCC Acknowledged for Zero Waste to Landfill Accomplishments
GAFFNEY, S.C. – A trucking industry leader in sustainability efforts, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) was honored with an Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The Earth Day Award is the highest award presented annually by South Carolina DHEC.
FCCC is one of seven Earth Day Award recipients in 2010. DHEC Earth Day Awards recognize individuals, families, communities, businesses and organizations that take action every day to help protect South Carolina’s environment through sustainable practices such as recycling, energy and water conservation and pollution prevention. FCCC received the award during the second annual South Carolina DHEC Earth Day Awards ceremony conducted recently at DHEC headquarters, Columbia, S.C.
In October 2009, FCCC became the first chassis manufacturer and first company within the trucking industry to reach Zero Waste to Landfill status in the United States, achieving its goal three months ahead of schedule.
“Freightliner Custom Chassis’ goal of Zero Waste to Landfill was ambitious from the start,” said DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter. “But in accomplishing this goal, and doing so ahead of schedule, they have proven that Zero Waste to Landfill is not only a good idea, but something that is attainable. This incredible achievement by FCCC should be seen as a standard for other companies in South Carolina to match. It is further proof that we can all make a difference.”
FCCC’s Zero Waste to Landfill program and comprehensive recycling efforts resulted in elimination of solid waste disposal throughout its entire facility. Joining an elite group of solid waste-free manufacturing facilities in the United States, FCCC went from disposing 250,000 pounds per month of solid waste in January 2007 to disposing zero pounds by October 2009.
The FCCC facility recycles materials such as plastic, paper, aluminum, cardboard, metals, wood and nylon. The company’s commitment to clean air technologies is in line with Daimler AG’s, global initiative called “Shaping Future Transportation.” Launched by Daimler in November 2007 in Stuttgart, Germany, the initiative is focused on reducing category emissions pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption.
“In addition to FCCC’s company-wide commitment to Zero Waste to Landfill, we have a personal interest in improving our state environment by mentoring local companies and school districts to become more sustainable,” said Bill Harris, environmental health and safety supervisor for FCCC. “We are glad that FCCC is perceived as a leader in sustainability and are honored to be recognized by S.C. DHEC with an Earth Day Award.”
In March 2010, FCCC became the first company ever to receive the DHEC Special Recognition Award. The DHEC Special Recognition Award is reserved for businesses and individuals making significant, positive contributions to the environment, without seeking additional acknowledgment for its efforts. FCCC was recognized for its Zero Waste to Landfill accomplishments. Also last month, FCCC received the prestigious Environmental Leadership Award from Daimler AG.
In February 2009, FCCC was accepted into the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP) for its Zero Waste to Landfill efforts. SCEEP is a voluntary initiative designed to recognize and reward South Carolina facilities that have demonstrated environmental performance through pollution prevention, energy and resource conservation, and the use of an environmental management system.
The FCCC plant also was recognized by the EPA’s WasteWise Program in March 2008 for its waste reduction achievement and was accepted as a WasteWise partner. WasteWise engages government, businesses and nonprofit organizations to educate others about the benefits of reducing solid waste.
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation manufactures premium chassis for the motor-home, delivery walk-in van, and school bus and shuttle bus markets. Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.