Eastman Chemical Company Recognized with Responsible Care® Recycling Award for 2012

May 15, 2013 6:30 AM ET
Press Release

Kingsport, Tenn., May 15, 2013 /3BL Media/ Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) was one of 13 American Chemistry Council (ACC) members recognized for achievement in the area of waste minimization, reuse and recycling, and honored at ACC’s annual Responsible Care® Conference and Expo in Hollywood, Florida on May 6.

Eastman’s operations in Martinsville, VA received an award for an innovative recycling project that prevents 5 million pounds per year of recyclable material from going to the local landfill. This amount of material is equal to trash from 750 average homes for a year.

Employee teams worked with a local recycler, Thomas Systems Inc., to identify a snap-apart container for collection of corrugated cores from wound film. The container is easy to use and decontaminate, as well as safe to transport. The teams also resolved some challenging logistical issues.

“This employee-initiated project has enhanced local recycling with other businesses, greatly reducing the amount of recyclable materials that are landfilled. We are proud of their efforts to enable the site to be more sustainable,” said Brian Miller, site manager at Martinsville.

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Responsible Care®, a voluntary performance initiative that has driven the safe, responsible, sustainable management of chemicals.

The annual Responsible Care® conference provides a forum for industry leaders to learn from their peers and other experts in the field about strategies to improve their companies’ product safety and process safety performance and expand business opportunities. Award winners qualify based on exemplary performance and are selected by a committee of internal and external experts.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012 pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

About the American Chemistry Council (ACC)

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure. http://www.americanchemistry.com

Maranda Demuth
Corporate Communications
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