On Monday, July 27, 2015, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Program (WESP) will recognize Red Giant Oils for their voluntary efforts to reduce impacts to the environment.
Red Giant Oils works with local businesses within Wyoming, Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Montana to recycle their waste. They've proven to be an industry leader by practicing pollution prevention and reducing the amount of waste that would otherwise be placed in Wyoming’s landfills.
In 2014, Red Giant Oils recycled 343,520 pounds of steel from used oil filters, and roughly 16,500 gallons of used oil from these used oil filters. Recycling prevents these wastes containing hazardous constituents from entering Wyoming landfills. In total, Red Giant Oils facility in Newcastle recycled over 3 million gallons of oil in 2014.
“We are proud to recognize the hard work and dedication of Red Giant Oils," said Landon Brown, DEQ Pollution Prevention Coordinator. "It is important that we recognize companies that are working to reduce their impacts to the environment and recycling these wastes.”
Brandon Franklin, Red Giant Oils’ Environmental Coordinator said operating in a sustainable manner is important for the environment, their customers, employees, and the future of the company.
“I am proud to work for a 105 year old family owned company like Red Giant Oils that puts such a high value on sustainability," said Franklin.
Red Giant Oils has also worked to reduce their own impacts on the environment by switching to a complete paperless system, retrofitting exterior lighting at their facilities to low energy LED lighting, converting all over-the-road trucks to model year 2013 or newer to reduce emissions, and utilizing a high efficiency pressure washer that also reduces air emissions.
"It's great to see companies like Red Giant Oils step up and show outstanding leadership in environmental stewardship while running a successful business operation in Wyoming," said Todd Parfitt, DEQ DIrector.