Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) was honored with an Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The Earth Day Award is the highest award presented annually by South Carolina DHEC.
FCCC is one of seven Earth Day Award recipients in 2010. DHEC Earth Day Awards recognize individuals, families, communities, businesses and organizations that take action every day to help protect South Carolina’s environment through sustainable practices such as recycling, energy and water conservation and pollution prevention.In October 2009, FCCC became the first chassis manufacturer and first company within the trucking industry to reach Zero Waste to Landfill status in the United States, achieving its goal three months ahead of schedule.
“Freightliner Custom Chassis’ goal of Zero Waste to Landfill was ambitious from the start,” said DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter. “But in accomplishing this goal, and doing so ahead of schedule, they have proven that Zero Waste to Landfill is not only a good idea, but something that is attainable. This incredible achievement by FCCC should be seen as a standard for other companies in South Carolina to match. It is further proof that we can all make a difference.”
FCCC’s Zero Waste to Landfill program and comprehensive recycling efforts resulted in elimination of solid waste disposal throughout its entire facility. Joining an elite group of solid waste-free manufacturing facilities in the United States, FCCC went from disposing 250,000 pounds per month of solid waste in January 2007 to disposing zero pounds by October 2009.
The FCCC facility recycles materials such as plastic, paper, aluminum, cardboard, metals, wood and nylon. The company’s commitment to clean air technologies is in line with Daimler AG’s, global initiative called “Shaping Future Transportation.” Launched by Daimler in November 2007 in Stuttgart, Germany, the initiative is focused on reducing category emissions pollutants, carbon dioxide and fuel consumption.