PPC Broadband, a Belden brand, is leading the way in developing sustainable operation practices. The company’s Environmental Management System (EMS) was awarded ISO 14001 certification at their headquarters in East Syracuse, New York. This certification is accredited to companies that respond to environmental issues around them by creating innovative solutions – and PPC is a well-deserving recipient.

PPC recycles 1.9 million pounds of aluminum, 1.8 million pounds of brass and 100 tons of paper and cardboard each year. As a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)-certified low-quantity waste generator, PPC produces fewer than 500 pounds of waste per month. And that number is dwindling, thanks to their advanced recycling programs.

PPC has an on-site oil recycling system in which oil is recycled and reused in their internal operations, implemented in response to the amount of oil that was going to waste each year. The result: Oil waste was dramatically reduced from 100,000 gallons to 3,500 gallons annually. Additionally, the company recycles scrap metal chips by using a centrifuge to strip them of their oil content. These practices have given PPC a competitive edge not only by improving efficiency and helping the environment, but by reducing cost.

ppc warehouse centerPPC has recently turned their focus to their products and consumers. They launched a Cable Tote made of a reusable plastic reel and zippered bag to eliminate the amount of cardboard, plastic, nylon and cable waste in their product packaging. The Cable Tote significantly reduces the amount of storage space for both consumers and PPC facilities; it can hold up to 40,000 feet of cable that would normally take up 27,000 feet of space in cardboard reel or boxed packaging.

But PPC doesn’t stop there. They pay attention to the smaller details, too, like opting for reclaimed soap for cleaning and using chipping pallets as landscape mulch. In an effort to advance energy efficiency, they installed a new air ventilation system to improve air flow and use motion-sensor lighting systems to conserve energy when lighting is unnecessary. Managers and employees have also reduced air travel emissions by hosting their Global Operations meetings over the phone, utilizing public transit for their work commutes and purchasing a certified clean idle box truck.

Other companies can learn from their Sustainability Management Plan, which includes five areas of focus that helps PPC achieve goals and work toward the future. These focus areas are Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Supply, Waste Management and Recycling, Clean Transportation, Greenhouse Gas Management and Employee and Community Well-Being. Some of their goals for the future include gaining certifications for ISO 45001 Health and Safety in 2020 and ISO 50001 Energy Conservation in 2021.

By implementing an overarching sustainability plan and effectively integrating recycling programs into their operation, PPC has not only taken initiative, but exceeded expectations as they venture into a better future for their company and the environment.