We demonstrate our strong commitment to environmental protection by employing innovative waste prevention, recycling and reuse methods. We partner with state and local governments, suppliers and waste vendors who share our strong level of commitment to pollution prevention and consistently provide us with new waste management alternatives. These partnerships have helped us to reduce the amount of waste PHI generates and sends to landfills each year.
By employing innovative waste prevention, recycling and reuse methods, we take a proactive approach to minimizing waste generation. For the past 13 years, we have voluntarily reported our waste management activities through participation in the Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program. We also partner with state and local governments, suppliers and waste vendors who share our strong level of commitment to pollution prevention and consistently provide us with new waste management alternatives. These partnerships have helped us reduce the amount of waste we generate and send to landfills each year.
In 2012, we we reduced, recycled or reused more than 105,703 tons of waste materials.
Every year, we purchase a significant volume of electrical wire/cable to build and maintain our power delivery system. Historically, wire/cable was received on wood and metal reels, which would eventually be scrapped or disposed of in a landfill. Our purchasing department has worked with several of our vendors to obtain electrical wire/cable without reels to eliminate the need for disposal.
PHI has been in the process of installing smart meters capable of providing customers detailed account-specific information that can be used to manage their energy use more effectively. Because we were able to identify a company that could reuse our customers' existing meters, we have successfully diverted more than 641 tons of waste from landfills since the inception of the program in 2010.
Thousands of pieces of electrical equipment are removed from service annually. Each piece of equipment is made up of a number of metals, and most also contain dielectric fluid (mineral oil). We recycle the metal and dielectric fluid. In addition to the more than 3,800 tons of various metals, we recycled 549,584 gallons of mineral oil last year.
Let us recycle your old, working refrigerator or freezer, and we’ll give you $50. Plus, get an extra $25 if you recycle your working room air conditioner at the same time.