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J.L. Clark

Year Submitted: 2014

Process: Waste Reduction

Industry: Manufacturing

Location: Rockford IL

Contact: Doug Patton



Description:

J.L. Clark is a mid-sized packaging design and manufacturing company based in Rockford that makes product containers and casing for brands such as Burts Bees, Energizer, Hersheys and McCormick Company. For J.L. Clark, thinking locally about product design and resource usage is also acting globally-- making products that are recyclable and which minimize environmental impact.

In 2013, J.L. Clark received their secon Illinois Governors Sustainability Award for the hard work they have put into energy savings, waste reduction and operational improvements. In 2012 alone, the energy saving and waste reduction projects undertaken by J.L. Clark resulted in annualized financial savings of over $335,000.

P2 Application:

J.L Clark has a Green Team in place, which identifies and tracks progress on the companys various initiatives. The team was formed to support the growth of innovative, eco-friendly packaging design and business systems throughout the company.

The Green Team groups sustainability initiatives into four major categories: Land, Air, Sea and Mind. These divisions ensure that the company pursues initiatives that encompass the full definition of what it means to sustain our society, economy, and environment far into the future. Doug Patton, Plant Superintendent and Green Team member, states, These categories helped the team concentrate on specific projects as opposed to us continually moving from one project to the next, with no focus. The employees have embraced the programs and are excited to be a part of this endeavor.


ENERGY SAVINGS


J.L Clark has a Green Team in place, which identifies and tracks progress on the companys various initiatives. The team was formed to support the growth of innovative, eco-friendly packaging design and business systems throughout the company.

The Green Team groups sustainability initiatives into four major categories: Land, Air, Sea and Mind. These divisions ensure that the company pursues initiatives that encompass the full definition of what it means to sustain our society, economy, and environment far into the future.

Doug Patton, Plant Superintendent and Green Team member, states, These categories helped the team concentrate on specific projects as opposed to us continually moving from one project to the next, with no focus. The employees have embraced the programs and are excited to be a part of this endeavor


WASTE REDUCTION


In the Zero Waste hierarchy, reduce appears right at the top. J.L. Clark has taken this message to heart in their pursuit of Zero Waste. In 2012, the company put in a mold vision system that allows the company to correct errors more quickly and reduce the volume of scrap material.

Product design also presents a major opportunity to reduce material usage and

waste. J.L. Clark has pursued lightweighting of the various containers they manufacture. Company President Phil Baerenwald notes, A plastic container that uses 35 percent less material requires 30 percent less energy to produce.

J.L. Clarks quest for Zero Waste is informed by a waste characterization, conducted in 2012, which identified over 300 items that are disposed, reused, or recycled throughout the facility. This data helps J.L. Clark assess the costs and benefits of waste reduction solutions for each material type.

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Details of Reductions

  • 1,297,000.0 - kWhr of   Electricity
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  • 1,369.0 - ton of   Waste
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