Recycling

In 2010, OUC recycled thousands of pounds and thousands of gallons of hazardous materials in an environmentally responsible way, but we also recycled these materials listed below:

  • 18,300 lbs of cardboard and paper
  • 22,000 lbs of porcelain insulators
  • 73,400 lbs of wooden pallets
  • 65,200 lbs of wooden wire & cable reels
  • 54,400 lbs of retired brass water meters
  • 1,706,200 lbs of steel, aluminum and copper

Many of the above items could have ended up in a landfill, but our OUC employees have made a commitment “to do the right thing”, and bring these items to our centralized sorting areas to be measured and processed.

Going forward, OUC is planning a number of green initiatives. In November 2010, OUC introduced company-wide paper product recycling, Single Stream recycling (all bottles and cans in one bin) and continues to develop internal policies such as electronic document storage, online document review, double-sided printing and using recycled paper and office products.