The ideas and practices outlined in this manual
have been developed by the Solid Waste Environmental Leadership and Learning
(SWELL) teams at Rockwell Collins divisions located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Collins Commercial Avionics and Collins Avionics and Communications
Divisions). The Solid Waste recycling effort has been spearheaded by
Darrel Brothersen, Resource Recycling and Waste Reduction specialist.
Darrel's efforts have been recognized by the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce,
the State of Iowa, the National Recycling Coalition, and the U.S. Navy's Best
Manufacturing Practices Program.
The Resource Recovery and Recycling Program in
place at the Collins Divisions in Iowa has grown into what it is today only
because I was given very strong support from upper management within
CACD. President Jack Cosgrove and Vice Presidents Bill Richter and Herm
Reininga have allowed me to expand this program throughout the Rockwell Iowa
operations. I was empowered to do whatever I thought was necessary to
create a waste minimization program. This empowerment allowed me
flexibility with few operational boundaries.
Some of the necessary steps I have taken to make
this program successful are:
- Set up contracts with agencies to perform sorting and processing
- Utilize the state and national environmental agencies to gain
much-needed information and assistance so as not to reinvent the
- Educate our workforce about the need for environmentally-friendly
- Implement changes to our work habits causing employees to reduce,
reuse, and recycle;
- Work with our suppliers to modify packaging and/or returning
- Assist state and national agencies and organizations by educating
businesses about the opportunities that exist through solid waste awareness
programs and by implementing "buy recycled" programs.
If every recycling program "champion" could have
this type of support from his/her management, the environmental impact
Rockwell would achieve would definitely be WORLD CLASS!
Darrel A. Brothersen
Resource Recycling and Waste Reduction Specialist