Reducing waste takes all of us. It requires changing behaviors, constantly looking for ways to do more with less and being committed to recycling and repurposing materials at end of life. It also requires new capabilities and processes to ensure we meet our company-wide 2024 goal: zero waste to landfill. Cox Enterprises and its subsidiaries are engaged in scores of projects to reduce our consumption and recycle or compost the things we use. These efforts are diverting materials from landfills, decreasing consumption of natural resources and reducing the energy and emissions associated with manufacturing new products.
Zero Waste to Landfill by 2024
Cox is taking both small and large steps to reach our goal of sending zero waste to landfill by 2024. Across the organization our progress takes many forms: we have created a composting program that turns waste into fertilizer for company landscapers and encouraged customers to go paperless with an electronic ordering and billing system in our broadband business.
We have also made it a priority to inspire employees to engage in our zero-waste strategy, providing deskside recycling across the company. Through the One Less Bottle Campaign, we motivated employees to choose reusable cups over plastic disposables and distributed more than 2,000 cups to help change behavior.
Another important component of our efforts is the recycling of e-waste. Through our e-waste recycling program, Cox extends equipment life cycles and promotes reuse through redeployment, remarketing and charitable donation. Recovered electronics with reusable value are redeployed within the organization to reduce new procurement. We hold e-waste collections in select locations where employees and customers can recycle their goods. Collection events have led to recycling of more than 250 tons of e-waste. Overall, Cox’s programs keep more than 1.8 million tons of e-waste out of landfills every year.
In Arizona, Cox found a way to use recycling to improve the lives of those in need. Project TWIG (Turning Waste Into Growth) recycles materials such as trash and coaxial cable from Cox’s Arizona operations. The proceeds help fund youth-oriented education and development programs.
Giving Tires a Second Life
Golden Isles Conservation Center
What happens to worn-down tires that are no longer safe for cars? Far too many end up in landfills. Today, Cox is deploying an innovative technology that saves space in landfills, creates new products and supports jobs. Cox subsidiary, Seven Islands Environmental Solutions, recently opened the Golden Isles Conservation Center in Nahunta, Georgia. The facility’s purpose: convert old tires into new, eco-friendly products.
Here’s how it works. Wood chips are used as an organic energy source to generate heat, which breaks the tires down into their original components – carbon black, synthesis oil and synthesis gas, as well as steel – without producing harmful emissions. The synthesis oil and carbon black can be repurposed for many uses, including the creation of filtration systems, rubber hoses and inks. Steel is readily recycled for a variety of purposes. The synthesis gas generates energy for the closed-loop Golden Isles Center.
innovative technology that
saves space in landfills,
creates new products and
The center can recycle 480 tires per day, equivalent to removing five tons from local landfills and waterways. It is also making a positive economic impact. Construction on the facility began in 2016 and infused $5 million into the southeast Georgia economy, with one-third of the amount going directly to Brantley County-based companies.
The pyrolysis technology which Golden Isles utilizes is an Italian method not previously used in the United States. Because of its pioneering role, the facility is also serving as a demonstration center for other prospective users of the technique. Over time, Golden Isles Conservation Center will serve as an R&D facility to explore repurposing of additional waste stream products and will host leaders from multiple industries to share best practices.
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landfills in 2016 $1 million+
recycling projects 142
Elevate Our Waste Performance
AJC Earns Zero Waste to Landfill Certification
In 2016, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) became the first U.S. newspaper to receive Gold-level certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Building Council (USZWBC) for successfully diverting nearly 99 percent of its waste. USZWBC audited the AJC’s printing facilities and found that the plant is successfully reducing, reusing, recycling and composting materials through initiatives such as:
- Redirecting the overhead conveyor flow to send materials directly into recycling bins
- Creating an aluminum lithography plate recycling program
- Incorporating consistent, color-coded recycling bins at each work station
- Partnering with waste management vendors to ensure the materials are properly removed from the facility
- Training new and existing employees on the recycling program
Recycling Across Cox
2016 was Cox Enterprises’ biggest year ever for waste reduction, with 37 new site-specific recycling and composting programs launched across the country and record levels of waste diverted from landfills. Major successes included:
- Cox Media Group revamped recycling processes at the Dayton Daily News, yielding a 3,670 ton increase in recycling
- Cox Communications’ Midwest market assigned new environmental ambassadors to disseminate information about Cox Conserves goals, leading to the adoption of new projects that diverted 850 tons of waste from landfills
- Cox Communications Investment Recovery worked to improve electronics capture and recycling, diverting more than 3,700 tons of waste
- Cox Automotive Supply Chain and Operations onboarded locations to our national tire recycling and bumper recycling programs, saving 721 tons of waste
- Twelve Cox locations now hold zero waste to landfill status, including three AJC facilities in Georgia; two Cox Communications locations in Arizona (Phoenix and Tolleson); two Cox Communications locations in Louisiana (Harahan and Port Allen); one Cox Communications location each in Wichita, Kansas and Chesapeake, Virginia; Cox Media Group’s Print Technology Center in Franklin, Ohio; Cox Media Group’s Statesman Media in Austin, Texas; and Xtime’s headquarters in Redwood City, California.
1,000-Ton Recycling Milestone at Cox Headquarters
Recycling programs at Cox Enterprises’ Atlanta headquarters have led to more than 1,000 tons of materials being reused or diverted from landfills since 2006. The company has also composted more than 20 tons of food waste and materials from a campus cafeteria since 2014 – a nearly 75 percent diversion rate.