Vortex recently participated in a Solutions-Based Customer Recycling Award Program (S.C.R.A.P) to recycle its surplus plastic materials. Through the S.C.R.A.P program, Vortex was able to benefit both its bottom line and reduce its ecosystem footprint within the last year.
Vortex achieved Cope Plastics’ Green Level Milestone Award in March 2016 by diverting 50,000 pounds of industrial plastic from landfills.
Vortex also recycles its metals such as stainless steel, carbon steel, and aluminum leftover from the imprints for cutting out pieces for its valves. The metals are sorted and sent to Hess & Sons Salvage in Junction City, Kansas. All aerosol cans used in Vortex’s manufacturing plant are also recycled. Once an aerosol can has been exasperated, employees are instructed to dispose of them in a 55-gallon drum. The empty aerosol can is then thrown into the drum until it is full enough to take away to recycle with the rest of the steel in the plant.
Outdated electronics are recycled through the City of Salina’s e-waste program, cardboard from vendor packaging is recycled through Waste Systems, and recycle bins are placed in multitude areas to collect office paper, which is recycled on a monthly basis.