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FLOW adds recycling challenge to environmental programme

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:25 AM
Members of Team FLOW strike a pose following the Wisynco Beach Clean-up activity to launch its participation in the Wisynco Eco Plastic Recycling Challenge at Fort Rocky on February 23.
Members of Team FLOW strike a pose following the Wisynco Beach Clean-up activity to launch its participation in the Wisynco Eco Plastic Recycling Challenge at Fort Rocky on February 23.

Telecommunications firm FLOW has added another dimension to its environmental-protection programme. The company is increasing its plastic bottle-collection drive as it participates in the third staging of the Wisynco Eco Recycling Challenge.

The two-month-long competition, which ends on April 22, Earth Day, has several companies vying for the top spot as they compete in a plastic bottle-collection drive with the aim of meeting an overall target of 400,000.

With its focus on promoting sound environmental practices, FLOW has clearly outlined policies governing the disposal and recycling of its used equipment and infrastructure elements. For example, mobile batteries are separated from general batteries and packaged in specific locations before disposal. Toner cartridges are stored in specially assigned areas and returned for refills as scheduled. Scrap metal is stored in specially designated areas for inspection then disposal.

Additionally, the company has, for several years, encouraged and supported the recycling of plastics. Director of Business Continuity Management, Safety and Security at FLOW, Heather Wallen-Bryan, notes that participation in the Wisynco Eco Recycling Challenge is yet another way to expand the company’s environmental programme and increase awareness among employees and customers.

“Maintaining a healthy environment is an important part of our business. It is critical that we minimise any adverse impact on the environment in which we operate, and we therefore have identified all our waste streams.” Wallen-Bryan added that the company practises a cradle-to-grave concept that starts at the point of purchasing and is included in the contracts with vendors. This allows for hazardous material or equipment to be returned to the vendor after use.

The corporate entities that have accepted the challenge for this round include Nationwide News Network, JAMPRO, FLOW, Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, and ATL Automotive.