Featured Partner: Arpin Group

Understanding that the world’s natural resources are limited and fragile, Arpin Group considers environmental protection and sustainability to be consistent with its overall goals and values and an important consideration in its operations. Evidence of this commitment is reflected in its policies, programs and practices for conducting activities in an environmentally as well as economically responsible manner.

Moreover, Arpin Group recognizes that effective environmental management can positively impact corporate profitability and sustainability in four measurable ways. First, programs designed to make efficient use of natural resources frequently minimize operating costs. Second, environmental quality programs help sustain and enhance the company’s presence and reputation in the domestic and international markets where it conducts business. Third, compliance programs minimize risk and potential legal liability. And fourth, it is the responsibility of the company to promote environmental awareness to its employees, customers and business partners and in the communities where we do business. In these ways and more, environmental protection is viewed to be important to the economic well being and future sustainability of this 109-year-old Rhode Island company.

To that end, during October and November 2008, Arpin Group and Office Recycling Solutions (ORS) joined forces to provide its colleagues in the business community with free e-waste collection and disposal. The collections were held during the weeks of October 6 – 10 and November 14, 2008 with a budget of $5,000.

To allow for the greatest amount of participation, collections were held in different locations throughout the state. The first and fourth were held at Arpin Group’s Corporate Headquarters in West Warwick, RI. The second was held at the Holiday Inn Express in Woonsocket. And the third was held at the Quonset Development Corporation in North Kingstown. In addition, several door-to-door collections took place to accommodate those companies that wished to participate, but could not drop off their e-waste. Each collection was staffed by members of Arpin and ORS who collected the e-waste and loaded it onto pallets. Finally, the objects were transferred via forklift and loaded into Arpin trucks that delivered the objects to ORS’ headquarters where they were dismantled and recycled.

Items eligible for recycling were CPUs, servers, network equipment, routers, telephones, radios, scanners, keyboards, monitors, laptops, mouse devices, laser printers, fax and copy machines, cables and wires, cell phones, window unit air conditioners and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

In total, this 4-day event (including subsequent pickups) resulted in the collection of a 55,640 pounds of e-waste being diverted from the Central Landfill and recycled for its useable parts (weight tickets attached). Arpin and ORS then worked with R.I. Resource Recovery Corporation to ensure that the items that could not be reused or recycled were disposed of properly. Moreover, Arpin is currently working with members of its agency family (330+ agents in the U.S.) to take the e-waste collection campaign nationwide.

Since the beginning of 2008, Arpin Group has sponsored several clean energy and carbon-reduction projects. It has accomplished a zero waste output from any move serviced; that is, every element (wood, cardboard, paper, plastic, shrink wrap, etc.) is recycled. And, the company only purchases those packing materials from companies who support sustainable forestry. The company has implemented a “Green Loan” program for Arpin employees, making it possible for them to borrow money for energy-saving home improvements and hybrid automobile purchases. All offices recycle glass and cans, ink and toner cartridges, and have eliminated most of the need for internal and external printing with our customers and vendors by expending over $2 million dollars in IT upgrades. Additionally, Arpin has partnered with Terra Pass to purchase carbon offsets. The offsets fund clean energy and carbon reduction projects in North America, and they are verified to the highest standards. In 2008, Arpin purchased enough offsets to completely eliminate the carbon imprint of its offices and employee travel and commuting.

Current initiatives include joining the EPA’s Smart Move program as both a carrier (Arpin Van Lines) and logistics company (Arpin International Group) to manage its company owned and outside fleets to reduce and/or eliminate emissions by switching to hydrogen fuel cells; forming an R&D unit to research innovative solutions to further reduce Arpin’s carbon footprint by building global partnerships with experts in education, non-profits and government agencies; and searching for a local LEED certified building to house its domestic and international R.I. locations.

Arpin Group, Inc., located in West Warwick, Rhode Island, is the holding company for Arpin Van Lines, Arpin International Group, Arpin Broadcast Network, Arpin Renewable Energy and Creative Storage Solutions.

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