Aiken County Tire Plants Accepted into South Carolina’s Environmental Excellence Program
Both of our Aiken plants are redefining the way the automotive industry looks at environmental sustainability and resource efficiency.
Greer Tidwell, environmental manager, Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group
Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) today announced its Aiken, South Carolina, Passenger / Light Truck Tire (PSR) Plant and Aiken Off Road Tire (AOR) Plant have been recognized and accepted into the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP) for their recycling, conservation and community support.
SCEEP, a program highlighting outstanding workplace environmental improvement, is implemented through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. SCEEP was designed to recognize and reward South Carolina facilities that have demonstrated superior environmental performance through pollution prevention, energy and resource conservation, and the use of an environmental management system.
“Both of our Aiken plants are redefining the way the automotive industry looks at environmental sustainability and resource efficiency,” said Greer Tidwell, environmental manager – Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group, Bridgestone Americas. “We continually take what we’ve learned at the facilities in Aiken and apply these practices to other plants and sites.”
The Aiken PSR plant was recognized for a multitude of initiatives. Most notably, Bridgestone Aiken PSR’s recycling program has maintained a 100 percent recycle rate for plant wastes, meaning no manufacturing waste was shipped to landfills.
The AOR plant was recognized for its efforts in rainwater harvesting, in which rainwater from the plant’s roof is collected, cleaned and returned to the plant to use. Since 2015, more than 16 million gallons of rainwater have been harvested by the AOR plant reducing demand on the public water supply system.
Although one plant makes tires for cars and the other makes tires as big as cars, they work together on the Bridgestone Environmental Education Program (BEEP) holding classes in the long leaf pine ecology restoration habitats at both plants. This kid focused program is a partnership with the Aiken Campus of the University of South Carolina to develop environmental curriculum to supplement grade school courses, allowing hundreds of students each year to visit the Bridgestone Environmental Learning Centers at the plants’ wildlife habitats and teach students about the eco-system.
Myra Reece, director of environmental affairs for South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control said, “The Bridgestone Aiken tire plants are high tech and highly committed to good environmental stewardship within the broader South Carolina manufacturing community. By providing educational resources and learning spaces and leading by example, these two plants exemplify environmental excellence so that other companies and individuals can become environmental leaders themselves. We are proud to have them in our state and proud to have them in the Environmental Excellence Program.”
SCEEP is currently in its 20th year of recognizing companies that practice good environmental stewardship. The member companies are committed to improving South Carolina’s environment by reducing their waste streams through pollution prevention and by reducing their consumption of energy and other resources.
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About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.