Going Green: Muir Omni Graphics Recycles to Save the Environment

When it comes to protecting the environment, Muir Omni Graphics talks the talk AND walks the walk!

“We’re committed to the protection of the environment, the prevention of pollution, and the welfare of the Earth,” explains James Silver, Operations Director, quoting from the company website.

So it’s no surprise that recycling plays a big part in its overall “green” strategy.

For many years, the Peoria-based industrial and fleet graphics company has been an avid recycler, disposing of its unused adhesive-backed polycarbonate in an environmentally responsible manner. From 2011 to 2016, a local company picked up the scrap and hauled it away for recycling and reuse. When that company discontinued its program last year, Muir Omni Graphics set out to find a new recycling partner.

“Earlier this year, we teamed up with Naperville-based Polymershapes,” Silver said, “which supplies us with large containers to deposit our scrap in, then hauls them away when they’re full. Right now, we have two weekly pickups, but we expect that to go down to once a week in the near future.”

Once the scrap is hauled away, Polymershapes processes it and turns into new, reusable material.

“They’re great partners – and a great resource to us in our ongoing efforts to manage our waste more effectively,” he explained. “Best of all, we’re not filling up the landfills.” An added bonus: Muir Omni Graphics garbage-hauling bill has decreased too!


Commitment to the Environment

Earlier this year, Muir Omni Graphics achieved ISO 14001:2015 certification (and ISO 9001:2015 certification) – far ahead of thousands of other ISO-certified organizations. The 14001 standard serves as a framework for Muir Omni Graphics Environmental Management System (EMS), which ensures the company’s adherence to environmentally responsible practices in its business processes.

The scope of the EMS encompasses Muir Omni Graphics activities that could have significant environmental impacts if uncontrolled or unregulated, and focuses on activities that promote its REACH philosophy.

The philosophy emphasizes:


“At Muir Omni Graphics, we’re committed to ‘REACH-ing’ out to the future in the same way that we conduct sustainable business today,” Silver concluded.

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