Concord – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services today announced the winners of the 2006 New Hampshire Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention. Established in 1994, the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention recognizes New Hampshire businesses and organizations that have made a special commitment to our environment, by successfully reducing or eliminating wastes at the source.
Two New Hampshire companies, Monadnock Paper Mills Inc. of Bennington and Park Nameplate Inc. of Dover, were presented with the 12th Annual New Hampshire Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention by Alice Chamberlin, the Policy Advisor to the Governor and new DES Commissioner Tom Burack.
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. began its long history of papermaking in 1819. Monadnock implemented an Environmental Management System that sets targets and objectives for continuous environmental improvement. This year’s Governor’s Award recognizes Monadnock’s successful efforts to reduce its energy consumption by more than 88,000 KWh; reduce sewer discharge of paper fiber by 300,000 pounds; recycle 650,000 pounds of solid waste; and reduce packaging costs. These pollution prevention projects are saving the company $150,000, annually. Monadnock Paper Mills’ corporate environmental policy promotes environmental awareness among employees and local residents, maintains compliance with environmental standards, invests in research to determine innovative ways to reduce waste and to efficiently use natural resources, and uses environmentally friendly materials during the design and development of new products.
Park Nameplate Inc. is a manufacturer of decorative product identification emblems used for automotive, appliance and consumer applications. Their award-winning environmental improvement projects included reducing methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) used for screen washing by 3,700 pounds; recycling and reusing plastic product trays; installing energy efficient lighting to save 19,200 KWh; recycling contaminated shop wipes and office paper; and upgrading their ISO 14001 registration. These projects will save the company $33,000 per year. Park Nameplate has demonstrated commitment to the continual improvement of environmental programs and to the implementation of appropriate management practices for the prevention of pollution. Their environmental steering committee sets and reviews environmental objectives and targets and is responsible for communicating their environmental policy to all employees and other interested parties, and for managing the effective implementation of the environmental objectives and targets through employee participation and the use of the Environmental Management System.
Symmetry Medical PolyVac in Manchester received honorable mention award for their pollution prevention efforts.
Contact the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Program at 603-271-6460 or www.des.nh.gov/ to see how your company can benefit from implementing pollution prevention strategies.