As a world-class manufacturer of narrow webbing, using polyester and nylon to more advanced HMPE and Aramid yarns, our Greenville and Anderson plants are bustling operations. On any given day, we produce webbing used in cargo restraints, fall protection, lifting and coverings. With so much going on, it would be easy to forget our environmental impact.
Tracy Galvin, our head of Environmental Health and Safety, describes Southern Weaving, LLC’s history with environmental responsibility: “For the past decade, Southern Weaving, LLC has worked very hard towards being a better environmental steward.”
Creating More Sustainable Manufacturing Practices
In 2015, Southern Weaving, LLC partnered with ICE Recycling, a custom business resource for waste recycling. This partnership has had a significant impact on Southern Weaving, LLC’s ability to manage waste and implement more sustainable manufacturing practices.
“It’s become very important to us to know our waste is handled properly, whether it be pallets, steel, plastics, nylon or polyester,” reports Galvin. “Wherever the waste stream comes from, we want to see that it flows towards the right location in the end.”
Textile Waste Diversion and Reduction
ICE Recycling’s role at Southern Weaving, LLC is two-fold:(1) to divert waste away from landfills and send them to the proper recycling streams
(1) to divert waste away from landfills and send them to the proper recycling streams(2) to help Southern Weaving, LLC reduce waste and provide a safer, cleaner workplace
(2) to help Southern Weaving, LLC reduce waste and provide a safer, cleaner workplace
On a scheduled day of the week, members of the ICE Recycling team arrive at the Southern Weaving, LLC facility to sort waste and package it. Then it is taken to the ICE Recycling facility in Lake City, SC to be bailed, ground and packaged for future repurposing.
Southern Weaving, LLC recycles a variety of textile waste, including:
- Nylon and polyester fabric
- Aluminum cans
- Assorted metals
Gaining a Better Understanding of our Footprint
Thanks to ICE Recycling, we have been able to gain a more accurate understanding of our environmental footprint. “They provide really accurate numbers; we now know exactly what we are generating in terms of our waste streams, from plastics to aluminum cans,” Galvin explains.
To learn more about our partnership with ICE Recycling, watch the video below to hear from Galvin and Wesley Ballou, General Manager at ICE: