Cleaning up the town

by STAFF REPORTS

Keep Newnan Beautiful is getting some help from Coweta’s corporate community.

The city department is working to make the city a better place for its citizens and has held a number of cleanup and recycling efforts.

Recently, to commemorate Earth Day 2013, Grenzebach Newnan partnered with Cargill and Keep Newnan Beautiful to clean up Newnan Crossing Boulevard East on April 22. Employees from both Grenzebach and Cargill worked to clean up the area behind Wal-mart. 

Keep Newnan Beautiful provided trash bags, recycling bags, trash grabbers, vests and gloves to aid in the trash collection while Grenzebach provided hats, T-shirts, drinks and snacks.

At the end of the day, forty 30-gallon bags of trash, ten 30-gallon bags of plastics, four 13-gallon bags of aluminum cans and one 13-gallon bag of steel cans were collected. 

Grenzebach did its best to ensure that items picked up were handled in an environmentally-friendly way, said Carol Duffey, Keep Newnan Beautiful director. Plastics were brought to the city of Newnan for recycling, aluminum cans and steel items were brought to Grenzebach’s facility for recycling, ChemCare disposed of partially full aerosol cans, and Cintas disposed of a discarded fire extinguisher.

Grenzebach committed almost 20 employees to clean up Newnan Crossing Boulevard East. Grenzebach was joined by Cargill, which sponsored an additional 10 workers. 

Cleaning the heavily-traveled road was seen as a “boon for the local environment,” said Grenzebach’s Quality Safety Environmental Manager, Caleb Alexander. “Many of our customers and business partners who come to visit this area will be left with a more favorable impression of both Newnan and our sustainable business practices in the community,” he said.

Alexander explained that Grenzebach is registered to an occupational health and safety management system. “These standards are international standards for quality, environmental, and safety management which require documented procedures be consistently applied to ensure that quality products are manufactured in a safe and environmentally conscious manner,” he noted.

“It was through the implementation of the environmental management system that Grenzebach recognized the need for ongoing environmental stewardship in the Newnan area,” he said.

Also, Grenzebach has put several programs in place internally — from recycling steel, aluminum, paper and cardboard to their community leading Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.

“Sponsoring an event to highlight the need for environmental concern in our local area was, for Grenzebach, the next natural step in line with striving for excellence in environmental management,” he said.

Grenzebach is involved in creating high-tech solutions in the glass, solar and building materials industries.

As a global supplier, they design, manufacture, and deliver complete fabrication lines as well as individual components for production and processing of glass, solar glass, building panels and gypsum. Grenzebach is also a specialist in equipment used for the cutting and drying of veneer as well as process technology and robotic luggage handling applications for airports. 

It was in 1988 that Grenzebach entered the American market with the opening of Grenzebach Corporation in Newnan,  to maintain its level of exports and to gain a better foothold in the American market. The company has about 100 employees.

For more on how to help Keep Newnan Beautiful with its efforts, contact Carol Duffey at 770-253-8283, email cduffey@cityofnewnan.org or visit www.keepnewnanbeautiful.org.




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