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Environment Earth Day at Lear Southfield and Navegantes World Water Day

Earth Day at Lear Southfield and Navegantes World Water Day

The Household Hazardous Waste / Recycling event held on Earth Day 2016 had more than 200 Southfield team members drop off almost ten tons (8600 kg) of materials to be safely handled and recycled. Amounts included almost 9700 lbs (4400 kg) of household chemicals including paint; more than 1400 lbs (635 kg) of oil; and more than 7700 lbs (3500 kg) of electronics. In addition, 280 lbs of documents were dropped off for secure shredding. Corporate Marketing’s Lisa Samartino designed “commitment boards” for each lobby on the Southfield and Lear East campuses where team members could write a pledge on what they could do to help the environment in celebration of Earth Day.

The event began with set up by the Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) team before the first team members arrived around 7 a.m. and continued through the morning. A representative response came from Ted Bott (Eagle Ottawa Dir. – Product Marketing) who said, “I just wanted to thank you and the team for the disposal program today. You made it so I wasn’t tempted to do the ‘wrong thing’ with old paint and solvents but rather I was able to ‘do the right thing’. This really proved by visible actions that part of our Lear commitment.”

“I would like to offer my own thanks to everyone’s efforts to make Earth Day a success,” added Jack Nunes (VP – Global EHS). “Hopefully the ‘Earth Day, Every Day’ slogan will become more than just a catchy phrase and, thanks to your efforts, it will become a guide for positive behavioral change throughout the year.”

We would also like to remind all Southfield team members to continue to use the battery recycling collection in our mail services as well as the paper recycling bins in the copier areas and bottle recycling bins in the cafes. “We look forward to providing employees the opportunity to get rid of their household hazardous materials in an environmentally safe process again next year,” Doug Andrews (EHS Mgr.) concluded.

Many Lear facilities have hosted events recently to help focus attention on important sustainability areas. As an example, earlier the Lear Navegantes team celebrated World Water Day with several projects about water preservation and pollution avoidance. Last month the plant participated in a local community initiative called “Together by the River”, which gathered people from businesses and several non-governmental organizations for a task force to clean the Itajaí Açu River. Also the team organized games, painting and arts for local children to encourage environmental consciousness as well as added training for the plant cafeteria staff regarding water reduction.

Posted on 5/1/2016

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