SOURCE: Con Edison Co. of NY, Inc.

Con Edison Co. of NY, Inc.

April 05, 2010 09:34 ET

Con Edison Captures Recycling Award

50,000 Tons Recycled

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 5, 2010) - For recycling almost 50,000 tons of materials, Con Edison has captured one of the federal Environmental Protection Agency's highest honors, a WasteWise Gold Achievement award for industrial material recycling.

This prestigious award recognizes the company's performance in 2008 for recycling 90 percent of the total waste materials handled. This success translated to close to 50,000 tons -- the weight of 10,000 elephants -- of waste materials from company locations.

In addition to recycling common materials like paper and cardboard, Con Edison also recycles industrial materials that have been reclaimed from utility operations, such as metal and scrap cable, sand and soil from excavation sites, and construction and demolition debris.

The EPA award was presented to Con Edison on March 22, in Washington, DC.

"This is a great honor, one of the highest honors that can be given to an organization for waste reduction and recycling," said Randolph S. Price, Con Edison's vice president for Environment, Health and Safety. "More importantly, it reflects an amazing effort by our employees, who embrace environmental excellence as a personal and professional value."

Price said Con Edison's recycling program saves money and manages materials in an environmentally sound way. In 2008 alone, the company estimated that it saved over $19 million through its waste-reduction efforts. Programs range from directives requiring two-sided copies throughout administrative offices to a metal recycling program from company construction sites.

Tons of Material Recycled

As part of joining the EPA WasteWise voluntary reporting program, Con Edison began to track all materials it recycles. In 2008, the company estimated it recycled:

  • 33,000 tons of sand and dirt.
  • 11,500 tons of metal.
  • 3,400 tons of trash.
  • 1,300 tons of construction and demolition debris.
  • 100 tons of wood.
  • 400 tons of mixed office paper.
  • 150 tons of corrugated cardboard.
  • 140 tons of skids and chairs.
  • 120 tons of plastic.
  • 50 tons of electronic equipment.

In 2009, Con Edison achieved a 91 percent recycling rate for its generation of 67,000 tons of the same material streams. This represents a trend in material reuse and cost savings that the company is seeking to not only maintain, but also improve upon annually.

Con Edison is a Dow Jones Sustainability Index company, and has been recognized for its environmental performance by the global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations.

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Contact Information

    Alfonso Quiroz
    Media Relations
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