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Recycling Record Setters Program Profiles: Manufacturing

| Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 1998 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

MAD RIVER BREWING COMPANY BLUE LAKE, CA Contact: Bob Ornelas Mad River Brewing Company 195 Taylor Way Blue Lake, CA 95525(707) 668-5409

Mad River Brewing Company’s commitment to the principles of conservation has allowed the company to grow at an annual rate of 50% per year while reducing its potential solid waste production by 97%. The company engages in diverse reduction, reuse, remanufacture, and recycling efforts. These efforts have resulted in job production, energy savings, and reduced waste management costs.

VIRCO MANUFACTURING CORPORATION CONWAY, ARKANSAS Contact: Don Curran Virco Manufacturing Corp. Highway 65, South P.O. Box 5000 Conway, AR 72032(501) 329-2901

Eight years ago, Virco manufacturing generated 260 cubic yards per day of waste at its Conway plant. The company has reduced that to only 30 cubic yards per day; a reduction of 88%. Material recovered include corrugated cardboard, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, hydraulic oil, mixed office paper, three types of plastics, foam rubber, tires, batteries, wood scraps, and newspapers. The company closes the loop through purchasing of recycled content items whenever economically feasible and available. Virco also sponsors recycling programs with many area schools. In 1994 Virco won the prestigious NRC Fred Schmitt Award for Outstanding Corporate Leadership.

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