It’s been a decade since Marine Harvest began recycling and the program has since become a critical part of the company’s ISO14001 Environmental Management program.
“The site and office recycling actually started in 2000. Without ISO certification in 2001, we stepped up our recycling efforts to include waste oils and other ‘wet products’.” said Josee Migneault, Health, Safety & Environment Systems Manager.
A critical step to reaching and maintaining ISO certification is the ability to look at all areas of the business and identify “significant aspects” of operations that could have environmental impacts. At Marine Harvest, the decision was made to include recycling in the ISO program because of the variety and amount of equipment and goods used.
When feed deliveries are made to the sites, feed bags, plastic barrels, pipes and all household items are barged to Vancouver by Gemini Marine. Upon arrival in Vancouver, the barge is met by several different recycling companies that take away everything to their own plants.In the office, cardboard, newspapers, glass, and all other household goods are regularly picked up. Confidential documents are shredded first and then picked up by World-Wise Recycling.
Starting this year, the management-approved Energy Management Plan (EMP) commits the company to a program to reduce energy consumption and lower green house gas emissions from hatcheries, office, and processing facilities.
“It’s important that every effort is made to conserve energy and our natural resources. Energy efficient operations will not only reduce operating costs but also help reduce our carbon footprint.” Josee stated.
These efforts continue to find new ways of reducing the company’s carbon footprint. The installation of alternative power sources such as wind mills, solar panels and on-demand generators at marine sites and the purchase of energy-efficient appliances will help the company reach its environmental goals. In addition, staff is encouraged to come up with their own ideas to reduce energy consumption decreasing carbon dioxide emissions.
“The adoption of the EMP means that come year end, we’ll have the data (kilograms carbon/tonne of fish produced) to be able to calculate how much we reduced Marine Harvest’s carbon footprint during 2010.” said Josee.
By Gina Forsyth