For over 100 years, Utility has built the strongest and lightest weight trailers available. With four generations of Bennett family ownership, Utility has created an enduring legacy of innovation and a dedication to delivering quality products. At the same time, Utility also understands the value and importance of preserving the environment. Our commitment to sustainability includes adopting environmental standard practices through responsible resource usage, material recycling, waste reduction, air emissions reductions, and energy conservation to help preserve the environment for future generations.
Our trailers are built with light weight, durable, fully tested designs which incorporate industry-leading technologies, high quality materials and reliable components, all yielding increased trailer value. Our commitment to producing quality products has efficiently and effectively improved our manufacturing process and has significantly reduced the carbon footprint of our trailers. In 2007, Utility was recognized as an environmental leader when our 4000D-X® dry van became the first EPA Certified SmartWay® trailer. All of our reefers are insulated using EPA-approved zero ODP (ozone depletion potential) 245-FA foam blowing agent which contains zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds). All paints and coatings are lead-free, and low in VOCs and HAPs (hazardous air pollutants). We have reduced our VOCs by over 20% and our HAPs by over 87%. Wood products used in our trailers are bought from suppliers participating in Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) programs.
Utility manufacturing facilities are also actively reducing their impact on the environment in their communities, and improving working conditions inside our plants. We have converted part of our forklift fleet to clean-burning natural gas. We are implementing a change-out program toward low energy fluorescent lighting, and are using computer systems to control lighting and heating in some of our manufacturing facilities. Source control and process changes have led to a 33% reduction in scrap metal, and up to 33% diversion of waste going to local landfills.
Utility strives to minimize the carbon footprint of our trailers. Our conservation efforts are not only aimed at protecting the environment, but also to provide a safe, healthy workplace for our employees. We take our responsibilities seriously and are committed to sustaining the environment for generations to come.