The Cooper Tire plant in Tupelo, USA, has earned the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) enHance Partnership Award for 2015. The enHance program is a voluntary stewardship initiative that recognizes facilities and municipalities for putting in place environmental initiatives beyond those that are required.
The Cooper Tupelo plant earned the 2015 enHance Partnership Award for contributing most significantly to furthering the objectives of enHance and supporting the program.
Cooper’s Tupelo plant has achieved significant ongoing environmental improvements including reducing the amount of waste going to landfills by 34% and reducing energy use by 5% from 2012 levels. The facility has also reduced solvent use by 30% in the same time period and has also minimized waste through the reuse and recycling of materials.
“Cooper’s environmental policy commits our plant to using energy and natural resources efficiently, reducing waste, preventing pollution, and acting as a good corporate citizen through the use of good environmental practices,” said Cooper Tupelo’s environmental coordinator, John Swartzendruber.
“This has been the practice at the Tupelo facility since we began operations in 1984, so it seemed a natural extension of this commitment to take up MDEQ’s challenge to demonstrate our dedication to environmental excellence by seeking membership in the enHance environmental stewardship initiative,” he added.
May 20, 2015