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David Pearl, center, accepts the Emerald Award Trophy Environmental Business of the Year

Uniweld Products Inc. - Large Business (16 or more employees)
David S. Pearl, II, Executive Vice President
Janet Beets, Director, Human Resources
2850 Ravenswood Road
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312-4994
954-584-2000
Fax: 954-587-0109
www.uniweld.com
info@uniweld.com

David Pearl, center, accepts the Emerald Award Trophy for Business of the Year from Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, left, and Rick Wilkins, Environmental Protection Department Director, right.

Nature of Business: Manufacturer of U.S. made welding apparatus, refrigeration tools, accessories, pressure gauges and alloys.

  • Green products: Sludge Sucker/Blaster and Weed Burner;
  • Recycled 95% cardboard;
  • Recycled 100% metal;
  • Recycled 90% paper;
  • Recycled 80% plastic on site then reused;
  • Retrofit of 75 fluorescent fixtures (T8 with electronic ballasts) resulted in projected 17,520 Kwh savings per year;
  • Replaced two old 10-ton, 6 SEER A/C units with one new 10-ton, 12 SEER unit;
  • Created secondary containment pans for hazardous materials;
  • Substituted powder paint/coating for lacquer paint;
  • Replaced 4 of 5 perc machines for 2 aqueous cleaning machines;
  • Installed lids on all solvents;
  • Mist collection system installed to remove airborne oil mist particles generated by machining applications. Oil is directly recycled back to the machines.
  • Metal turnings are processed through a centrifuge to remove oil, and then final filtered to five-micron purity, which allows recycling, and reuse in the machines. Clean dry turnings may then be returned to the mill for recycling;
  • Vibratory Cleaning System using soap replaced acid cleaning;
  • Closed loop de-ionizing water recycle system;
  • An on-site distillation unit was installed to recover solvents;
  • Made shrouds for oily chips to direct chips into centrifuge pan to minimize spills;
  • Reduction in perc, mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, and oil dry documented from 2002 to 2003.

Recycling- Small Business (15 or less employees)

George Gardner, center, accepts the Emerald Award TrophyGardner Auto Parts

George Gardner, center, accepts the Emerald Award Trophy for Recycling from Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, left and Environmental Protection Department Director, Rick Wilkins on the right.

George Gardner
2090 N.W. 21 Street
Pompano Beach, FL
954-972-9407
Fax: 954-972-9806
gard12@bellsouth.net

Nature of Business: Automotive Salvage Yard, Recycle and Sale of Parts

  • Recovered and recycled 484,000 lbs. steel;
  • Recycled 170 lead acid batteries (approx 5,590 lbs.);
  • Recycled 55 gallon antifreeze;
  • Recycled 450 gallon used oil;
  • Recycled 25 gal parts cleaner;
  • Recycled 304 used tires;
  • Recycled 11,292 lbs aluminum;
  • Recycled 819 lbs copper;
  • Recycled 115 lbs Freon;
  • Recycled 700 lbs catalytic converters.

Pollution Prevention/Hazardous Waste Reduction- Large Business
(16 or more employees)

L-3 Communications, Avionics Systems-Ft. Lauderdale

Keith Hagerich, center, accepts the Emerald Award Trophy

Keith Hagerich, center, accepts the Emerald Award Trophy for Pollution Prevention/Hazardous Waste Reduction from Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, left and from the Environmental Protection Department Director, Rick Wilkins, right.

Anthony Congelosi
5250 NW 33 Avenue
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309
954-497-0143
Fax: 954-497-0117
www.L-3com.com
Tony.Congelosi@L-3com.com

Nature of Business: FAA Repair Station

  • OSHA Star certified (highest voluntary protection rating);
  • Have a written P2 Policy Statement;
  • ISO 14001 Certified;
  • Continue to develop their EMS to integrate into daily work functions;
  • Installed a Safety-Kleen Aqueous Filtration System;
  • Upgraded their water filter system with a new filter membrane;
  • Energy upgrade: replaced existing light bulbs with energy efficient and computerized AC system;
  • Chemical purchases evaluated for toxicity, redundancy, disposal options, and less toxic alternatives.

Pollution Prevention/Hazardous Waste Reduction-  Small Business
(15 or less employees)

United States Postal Service (Hollywood) Vehicle Maintenance Facility

Representatives of the United States Postal Service

Representatives of the United States Postal Service, Hollywood Maintenance Facility accept the Emerald Award Trophy for Pollution Prevention/Hazardous Waste Reduction from Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, left and from Environmental Protection Department Director, Rick Wilkins, right.

Enola C. Rice and Terry Welch
1801 Polk Street
Hollywood, FL 33022
954-436-4451
Fax: 954-922-9070
www.usps.com
enola.c.rice@usps.gov

Nature of Business: Vehicle Maintenance Facility

  • Perform weekly and monthly shop safety inspections;
  • Have a written P2 Policy Statement;
  • Extensive training for employees as First Responders, in Hazwoper, and Lead and Asbestos Awareness;
  • Installed closed loop RGF wash water recycling equipment;
  • Dispense cleaners and oils in air-charged cans eliminating use of aerosol cans;
  • All postal vehicles use alternative fuels (propane, CNG or biodiesel);
  • Tires are retread to increase their useful life.

Green Products/Practices- Small Business (15 or less employees)

BC Household Hazardous Waste North HHW Collection Center

Joel King accepts the Emerald Award Trophy

Joel King accepts the Emerald Award Trophy for Green Products/Practices from Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, left and from Environmental Protection Department Director, Rick Wilkins, right.

Joel King, HHW Program Manager
2780 N. Powerline Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
954-960-3023
Fax: 954-935-6760
household hazardous waste web
jking@broward.org

Nature of Business: Collection of household hazardous waste

  • 65,000 gallons latex paint collected for recycling. Paint was sent to a paint manufacturer and recycled into new product. The recycled paint product is distributed to County residents free of charge through a cooperative partnership with municipalities in Broward County. In addition to public distribution, the recycled product is made available for neighborhood beautification programs, Code Enforcement initiatives, and other beneficial community projects.
  • Accepted 3,300 propane cylinders for recycling;
  • 252 pounds of flares were collected for disposal. FDEP promotes BC program as model for flare collection. Partnered with State Fire Marshall for no cost disposal;
  • Created a referral/assistance program for rechargeable battery recycling securing no cost disposal for multiple government agencies within Broward County;
  • Accepted 13 deliveries of abandoned materials from DPEP and FDEP from illegal dumping activities. The acceptance of these materials reduced response times and produced cost savings for emergency response agencies.

Innovative Procedures/Process Improvement- Large Business
(16 or more employees)

Uniweld Products Inc.

Uniweld logo

David S. Pearl, II, Executive Vice President
Janet Beets, Director, Human Resources
2850 Ravenswood Road
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312-4994
954-584-2000
Fax: 954-587-0109
www.uniweld.com
info@uniweld.com

Nature of Business: Manufacturer of U.S. made welding apparatus, refrigeration tools, accessories, pressure gauges and alloys.

  • Green products: Sludge Sucker/Blaster and Weed Burner;
  • Recycled 95% cardboard;
  • Recycled 100% metal;
  • Recycled 90% paper;
  • Recycled 80% plastic on site then reused;
  • Retrofit of 75 fluorescent fixtures (T8 with electronic ballasts) resulted in projected 17,520 Kwh savings per year;
  • Replaced two old 10-ton, 6 SEER A/C units with one new 10-ton, 12 SEER unit;
  • Created secondary containment pans for hazardous materials;
  • Substituted powder paint/coating for lacquer paint;
  • Replaced 4 of 5 perc machines for 2 aqueous cleaning machines;
  • Installed lids on all solvents;
  • Mist collection system installed to remove airborne oil mist particles generated by machining applications. Oil is directly recycled back to the machines.
  • Metal turnings are processed through a centrifuge to remove oil, and then final filtered to five-micron purity which allows recycling and reuse in the machines. Clean dry turnings may then be returned to the mill for recycling;
  • Vibratory Cleaning System using soap replaced acid cleaning;
  • Closed loop de-ionizing water recycle system;
  • An on-site distillation unit was installed to recover solvents;
  • Made shrouds for oily chips to direct chips into centrifuge pan to minimize spills;
  • Reduction in perc, mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, and oil dry documented from 2002 to 2003.