Why Recycle the Gulf®?
EPA Gulf Guardian Award-Winning Program
Protecting our environment and enhancing our community are noble goals that we believe make our Recycle the Gulf®
program very important. Developed by Tech Oil Products in 2002, Recycle the Gulf®
is an offshore waste and recycling program that is a true partnership between oil companies, drilling contractors and Tech Oil Products. While dedicated to improving and protecting the environment, Recycle the Gulf®
also benefits The ARC of Iberia
– a program that assists people with disabilities.
Recycle the Gulf® is completely voluntary and has been recognized for its collaborative environmental efforts. In addition, the program was honored with the Gulf Guardian Award presented by the Environmental Protection Agency.
As of 2009, Recycle the Gulf®
participants have recycled more than 4.1 million pounds of waste. And perhaps just as importantly, the resulting proceeds from recyclables have allowed ARC of Iberia to employ 20 disabled individuals. Joining our Recycle the Gulf®
program brings many benefits including:
• Enriching the Community – All Recycle the Gulf® partners are truly investing in the community. By donating recyclables to ARC of Iberia, participants are improving the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. ARC of Iberia's mission is to provide disabled people with the opportunity to develop, function and live to their fullest potential – and your company can help fulfill that mission by joining Recycle the Gulf®.
• Improving the Environment
– Recycle the Gulf®
implements Enviro-Pak® equipment
on offshore drilling rigs, production platforms and offshore installations to apply a waste management plan and prevent disposal of trash into the sea. In turn, Enviro-Pak® compaction and baling machines
help to protect oceanic wildlife and vegetation by creating a healthier, cleaner environment. In addition, the program reduces the waste that contributes to our ever-growing landfills. Overall, Recycle the Gulf®
is a great way for our partners to improve the environmental impact and influence of their organizations.
• Environmental Standard Compliance
– Recycle the Gulf®
assists companies in becoming compliant with standards set by MARPOL73/78 and ISO 14001. Both MARPOL73/78 and ISO 14001 require that environmental management systems be utilized by maritime organizations. Recycle the Gulf®
implements a defined procedure for collecting, storing, processing and recycling offshore waste.