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Eaton’s Vehicle Group certifies 88% of global facilities as ZWTL

Eaton’s Vehicle Group certifies 88% of global facilities as ZWTL

Eaton Corporation PLC has reportedly certified around 88% of its global facilities as ZWTL (zero-waste-to-landfill), having reduced the waste sent to landfills by 55% since 2019.

According to Eaton, ZWTL is defined as a consistent achievement of a 98% landfill waste diversion rate through composting, reuse, incineration, or recycling but only if the heat produced by incineration was acquired and used to produce more energy than the energy used in the incineration.

Sunil Bhandari, Vice President of Global Operation at Eaton’s Vehicle Group revealed that the company has come together to advance its manufacturing plants, using technology to minimize environmental impact, and energy efficiency, and bring it closer to a future free of carbon.

Bhandari added that the Vehicle Group’s dedication to sustainability is part of its core objective to enhance the quality of environment and life for those dependent on the company now and in the future.

To curb waste, the Vehicle Group has targeted four parameters: waste to landfill, energy waste, recycle and reuse.

Vehicle Group’s swarf grinding project is one of the major projects in these efforts. This project is in the process of being adopted at all its global facilities that conduct grinding operations.

For the uninitiated, Swarf is a byproduct produced during the processes of metal-cutting when fluids like coolants, water, and oils are mixed with filtration media and fine particles of metal.

Swarf is one of the most challenging waste streams to recycle, but the Group has progressed in taking swarf waste away from landfills.

Through vendor collaborations, the Vehicle Group installs the process of a mobile centrifuge that separates the materials. The fluid is then reused in the processes of manufacturing, and the particles of metal are recycled, resulting in cost savings.

A swarf recycling trail three years ago diverted nearly 500 tons from the landfill, and the work is in progress to broaden this solution to accelerate the progress of ZWTL.

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