RDAbbott is reducing environmental pollution, energy consumption, and landfillable waste by implementing recycling initiatives, increasing lighting efficiency, and minimizing waste streams. Along with reducing its use of resources, the California-based company envisions future efforts to reduce its carbon footprint through the addition of LED lighting.
Cerritos, California, does not currently have a recycling program for its businesses, but the city where RDAbbott is based benefits from the company’s efforts. For example, RDAbbott donates bottles and cans to a nearby middle school, which then redeems the containers as part of its fundraising efforts. RDAbbott also offers old computers to local schools and other community members after wiping the hard drives clean.
At its headquarters, RDAbbott has installed motion-activated timers for office lighting in four different areas of the building. In its warehouse, hazardous materials are disposed of responsibly, and the company is re-using packaging supplies—such as carboard boxes and fill materials—that arrive with in-bound shipments. RDAbbott has also limited its own use of packaging peanuts and minimizes paper waste by sending documents electronically, whenever possible. When documents need to printed, RDAbbott workers are diligent to shred them to help keep the landfills from filling up sooner than necessary. The IT Department also recycles its ink cartridges.
To limit the use of disposable cups, RDAbbott has provided employees with personalized water tumblers. The company’s employees are also encouraged to turn off unnecessary lighting, print only what they need, use less water, and recycle whenever possible. Sarah Jenkins, a Rubber Technologist and member of RDAbbott’s Central Research team, monitors the company’s carbon footprint and is passionate about sustainability.
“Sustaining the environment ensures that we will have a planet capable of providing the resources we need far into the future,” Jenkins says. “With the way recycling is changing, we need to think critically about not just how to reuse products and recycle materials, but how to reduce the volume of resources we use in the first place. It’s exciting to see people think creatively about how to lessen our carbon footprint at RDAbbott.”