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Ohio EPA Director Recognizes Springboro Company for Environmental Excellence, Leadership
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler recognized Pioneer Automotive Technologies today for its ongoing efforts in environmental stewardship. Director Butler personally saw how the company’s Springboro facility is decreasing its environmental footprint while continuing to be one of the industry’s top producers of automotive electronics systems.
Ohio EPA recognized Pioneer’s environmental stewardship efforts with a gold-level award under the Agency’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program.
“Pioneer is known for its excellent sound systems. Now it also should be known for protecting Ohio’s environment,” Director Butler said. “The Springboro plant is eliminating waste sent to landfills, has reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved efficiency, proving environmental stewardship and business success go hand-in-hand.”
The Pioneer Group’s corporate policy states the company “will make efforts to always contribute to maintaining and realizing a rich and safe global environment ...”
Pioneer’s Springboro facility assembles electronics, including radios, sound systems and GPS navigation units for the automotive industry. The company’s proactive environmental policy promotes reducing wastes and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Pioneer reduces waste through the efficient use of materials and resources, re-use and recycling. The company’s long-term goal is to become a zero waste facility, meaning no waste will be sent to landfills. The latest goals prioritize shrink-wrap and Styrofoam recycling. In addition to producing less waste, the company encourages purchasing recycled materials when economically viable.
The Springboro plant has gone from filling 65 40-yard dumpsters per year to filling only one this past year. In 2015, the facility diverted 4.4 million pounds of material from landfills. Cost savings from recycling have been used to maintain and expand the recycling program, support safety programs, renovate parts of the facility and support employee wellness and morale programs.
In 2009, Pioneer purchased an EPS extruding machine that recycles polystyrene foam which is sold to be processed into other materials such as picture frames, helmet lining, CD cases and soles for shoes. To date the company has recycled 278,860 pounds of polystyrene foam, averaging 46,000 pounds a year.
Other waste reduction efforts include using returnable totes for packaging and shipping and lifecycle analysis of products. Pioneer also is in the process of updating its lighting and HVAC systems and replacing restroom fixtures to save energy and water.
Pioneer shares program successes with other companies and the community. Its community outreach also includes cleaning area bike paths.
Ohio EPA’s E3 program acknowledges Ohio businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. To earn a gold-level award, an organization must have an excellent environmental compliance record, exceed regulatory compliance obligations and commit to long-term strategies to reduce waste, lower emissions and improve environmental performance.
E3 recognition has three levels of recognition, with gold being the highest. The others are silver and achievement levels. Pioneer was previously recognized at the achievement level in 2013.
To learn more about the E3 program, go to www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3.aspx or contact the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.