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NEC Electronics inducted into WasteWise Hall of Fame

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The Environmental Protection Agency has inducted Roseville’s NEC Electronics America facility into its WasteWise Hall of Fame. The honor was announced during the 2009 WasteWise and NPEP Award Ceremonies held March 22 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. “At NEC Electronics America, environmental responsibility is more than a company objective, it is a part of our culture, achieved by the diligent efforts of our employees, to have a positive impact on their environment,” said Gabe Kim, vice president of manufacturing operations and plant manager, NEC Electronics America, in a press release. “We are honored by the EPA’s WasteWise Hall of Fame recognition, and we will continue to drive our programs forward, to further reduce pollution and reduce our environmental footprint, and conserve our natural resources.” A WasteWise Partner since April 1994, NEC Electronics America, Inc.’s Roseville facility employs 700 individuals and has won seven WasteWise awards, including five Partner of the Year awards, one Program Champion and one Honorable Mention. The facility uses extensive waste diversion efforts. In 2008 alone, the Roseville facility successfully diverted 1.03 million pounds, or 82 percent of its total solid waste, from landfills, saving the facility nearly $97,000 in disposal fees. Also in 2008, NEC generated $430,000 in revenue from its recycling activities. Over the past 16 years NEC has diverted over 4,700 tons of waste from the landfill through both waste prevention and recycling efforts. This has translated into a combined savings and revenue of over $7 million. In 2008, the company added an onsite vermiculture program and expanded its community outreach to include a Community e-Waste Day, where individuals were encouraged to recycle unwanted electronics. A total of 54,789 pounds of e-waste was collected and the proceeds from recycling those materials were donated to a Roseville City recycling program. The company also donates excess paint to a local high school drama department, which helps save on disposal costs and benefits the community. ~ Staff report