external recognition - site specific initiatives
The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) acknowledges member companies for their outstanding commitment to environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) practices. For 2019 performance, Ashland received the following recognition:
o Ashland, Ohio site for overall EHS and ergonomics performance
o Harmon, Columbus, Ohio site for 27% reduction in waste generated per pound of product produced
o Kenedy, TX site for their strong product stewardship program
Ashland’s Merry Hill facility was recognized for its tremendous efforts and unique approaches to sustainability practices as part of SOCMA’s 2019 Performance Improvement Awards program. Ashland’s Merry Hill facility was awarded the SOCMA Sustainability Award for the outstanding job it has done in developing processes and reimagining resources to safeguard the environment. The facility utilizes an air emission data system that captures real-time information tied to process transactions. The facility also is reimagining resources by returning nutrients that are left unused back to the earth to maintain and enhance nutrient rich fields to sustain harvest yields. The Merry Hill site achieved a 100 percent waste diversion rate, which reduces the need for additional fertilizers to be applied to the field. This reduction in fertilizer also decreases the likelihood of non-point source pollution in the form of field run off.
Many of Ashland’s sites are continuously implementing changes to our operations which reduce our footprint. Some examples of such projects include installation of efficient lighting, improvement of temperature controls, and solvent recycling. Read more about Ashland’s sustainable operations in our 2019 Sustainability Report.