Mary Ann Industries – Villa Rica, GA
Leggett & Platt’s Mary Ann Industries (Branch 0656), located in Villa Rica, Georgia, is a member of Leggett & Platt’s Carpet Underlay division. The facility is newly registered to the Eco Initiative program as of September 2015.
Mary Ann Industries formally began their journey toward Eco Initiative registration in May 2014, but were environmentally conscious long before that.
In 2012, Mary Ann Industries began a project to collect and bail fiber dust for recycling rather than dispose in the landfill. This project has been hugely successful in that they are diverting approx. 388,000 lbs. of fiber dust from the landfill every year!
By setting up recycling stations strategically throughout the facility, they are able to divert a combined total of approx. 614,000 lbs. of material each year from the landfill! Their recyclables include:
- Polyethylene film
- Polypropylene strapping
- Non-woven polypropylene bale wraps
- Plastic bottles
- Aluminum cans
- Fiber dust
Other impact reduction projects for Mary Ann Industries have included:
- Reduce waste sent to the landfill by 30%
Reduce energy consumption by 2% based on 2014 data.
- Install lighting motion sensors where applicable.
- Convert old fluorescent light fixtures to high output or LED lighting.
- Review and revise current settings on all programmable HVAC thermostats and replace the old units.
- Implement a program to shut down production equipment when not in use.
- Evaluate and reduce sources of excessive air loss in the compressor system.
100% reduction in the use of foam cups supplied by the branch; 90% reduction of total disposable cups sent to the landfill by the branch by July 31, 2015.
- Provide all employees with a reusable cup/water bottle for use while in the facility.
- Discontinue all foam cup purchases.
- Use small biodegradable paper cups at water cooler stations, but continue to encourage reusable cup/ water bottle use.
- Provide all new hires with a reusable cup/water bottle upon hire.
- Office will encourage reusable cup/water bottle use and provide biodegradable paper cups for visitors.
Facility staff held educational day at Glanton-Hindsman Elementary with Mrs. Eskew’s Pre-K class. They talked about how Mary Ann Industries helps save the Earth through recycling, read them the story “How to Save the Earth – by The Lorax,” and made terrariums reusing plastic water bottles. It was noted that many of the students were excited about the recycling items mentioned in the book and they enjoyed playing in the dirt while making terrariums.