A new recycling project at the Corning Life Sciences (CLS) plant will result in a significant reduction in landfill use and cost savings, thanks in part to a long-term partnership with The Arc Otsego, a community organization that employs adults with developmental disabilities.
The Oneonta plant produces plastic labware for biomedical research and laboratories. Employees at The Arc Otsego have been sorting plastic production waste for the plant and sending it out to be recycled by other companies since 2010. Earlier in the year, however, Corning installed a new machine at The Arc Otsego office, where several Arc employees were trained to regrind clear plastic waste, which is returned to the Corning plant for reuse.
Approximately 70 percent of the production waste is now reground and returned to Corning. The remaining 30 percent, scrap that Corning cannot reuse, continues to be sent to other recyclers.
Oneonta Plant Manager Timothy Park calls the project a "win-win-win" project.
"The company wins from the perspective of it is a significant cost reduction to our operations, the community wins as we continue to grow our working relationship with The Arc Otsego, and we all win as we make a positive impact on the environment by moving a significant portion of our scrap into reuse instead of recycling it," he said.