Coyne is recognized for its leadership role in Reuse, Recycle, Pollution Prevention, and Energy SavingsCoyne is a recognized leader in the uniform rental industry for its commitment to protecting the environment and for its leadership role in meeting EPA objectives to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Coyne responded its major company-wide initiative called Coyne Clean, focused in three defined areas:
- Develop new wastewater treatment technologies to remove pollutants
- Reduce energy use, resources, and waste EPS
- Work closely with EPA and other governing bodies to create industry standards
Since Coyne's first day of operation in 1929, it has built its business and reputation on providing cotton reusable wiping towels. Coyne has always felt that washing and reusing an item is far superior in performance and for the environment than tossing out hazardous waste-laden rags and paper wipes. Long before EPA and concerns about the environment, Coyne was doing its part to promote Reuse rather than Dispose!
Wastewater Treatment Technologies That Protect Our Customers
Coyne began its Coyne Clean program more than a decade ago with a multi-million dollar commitment to developing state-of-the-art wastewater treatment systems. The result was industry-leading systems that are so effective they protect Coyne customers from environmental liability by removing contaminants in the washing process and safely reusing these hazardous liquids. Since inception of Coyne Clean, Coyne has successfully recovered over 11,000,000 gallons of hazardous residuals from our processing facilities, beneficially reusing them as supplemental fuel in cement kiln operations. The bottom line: We're protecting the environment and reducing demand on our natural resources.
Reducing Our Demands On The Environment
Coyne Textile Services has taken a leadership role in the industry when it comes to protecting the environment. Coyne worked closely with the Uniform and Textile Service Association (UTSA) and the Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) to create LaundryESP -- a voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program designed to reduce waste, save our natural resources, and prevent pollution. LaundryESP includes the removal of pollutants before they enter the laundry facility, as well as quantifiable goals for reductions in water, energy, and washroom chemical usage. The two trade associations and member companies, including Coyne, work closely with EPA, local water treatment authorities, customers, trade groups, environmental groups, and other stakeholders to ensure its success. After just 6 years, the results are remarkable:
- 40 % reduction in pollutants discharged
- 12.6 % reduction in water use
- 11 % reduction in energy use
- Significant substitutions of environmentally friendly wash chemicals
Coyne Textile Services was instrumental in developing the original program and participating in the initial meetings with the EPA. Coyne's amazing results show that it has clearly earned the right to use its present marketing slogan, "Protecting the environment for all of us™."
TRSA July 2005 - LaundryESP Member Success Story: Coyne took the lead in reducing water consumption, pollutant discharge and free liquids in shop towels. Read the full story: click here
Working With The EPA, State & Local Authorities
Coyne actively participates with the EPA, State & Local authoritiesActively participating in federal and state regulatory process, we are also active in our Trade Association's environmental committee and are presently working to assure our interests are considered in a new USEPA regulation on shop towels. We have been invited to testify at a USEPA hearing on behalf of the industry in support of this new regulation. Coyne customers have the confidence in knowing that Coyne adheres to all local state and federal regulations:
- Clean Air Act (CAA)
- Clean Water Act (CWA)
- Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA)
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
- Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA)
- Occupational Safety Health Act, Hazardous Communications Act (OSHA HAZCOM)