Cummins Filtration, a division of Cummins, has officially launched its Fleetguard filter recycling management program - Filtering Change.
As the first filter manufacturer to initiate an internal recycling management program that empowers customers to be environmentally responsible, this program is aimed at partnering with service centers and fleet locations throughout the United States and eventually globally to reduce the number of metal filter cans and used media elements being dumped into landfills.
Within the past three months alone, the program has seen more than 50 metric tons of previously landfilled metal now being recycled, which in turn creates an avoidance of 40 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) in the environment.
"As service providers, our customers are already required by government regulations to manage waste oil and filters," said Matthew R. Tullai, executive director, marketing and sales, Cummins Filtration.
"This program is built around helping them take it to the next level, to rethink how they manage that waste for the future. Proper filter recycling not only makes their customers feel good about where they do business, but it also keeps our customers ahead of changing government waste management requirements."
Filtering Change is designed to provide customers with the resources and support necessary to successfully integrate filter recycling into their daily operations.
Program participants new to recycling can utilize an extensive directory of qualified recycling management companies to find one that fits the needs for their region, he said. Those already recycling can use the program's validation process to ensure that their existing company meets the program requirements for being a responsible recycler.
A key requirement is that the recycling management company has an audit trail and guarantees that filters and used oil are recycled, not landfilled.
"By the end of the year, we expect to see more than 100 metric tons of previously landfilled steel be recycled - and in doing so, avoid the addition of nearly 80 metric tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (CO2e) to our environment," Tullai said. "We expect to extend the program beyond the U.S. to global regions in the coming years.
"This program is yet another example of unleashing the power of Cummins by ensuring that everything we do leads to a cleaner, healthier and safer environment."