Superior Essex Communications Achieves Certification Milestone of Six Years Zero Waste to Landfill

August 17, 2020

Superior Essex Communications, the leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cable in North America, is proud to announce that it has recently achieved the certification milestone of remaining Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWTL) for six consecutive years at its manufacturing facility in Hoisington, Kansas.

GreenCircle Certified, LLC performed the rigorous, third-party evaluation process once again to substantiate the company’s Zero Waste claim and provide certification that their Hoisington facility has not sent a single pound of waste to landfill since 2014. “We commend Superior Essex for maintaining a GreenCircle Certified Zero Waste to Landfill facility for the past six years,” said Tad Radzinski, Chief Certification Officer, GreenCircle Certified. “This accomplishment has reduced waste, saved valuable resources from being lost in a landfill and exemplifies the company’s commitment to sustainability. In addition, this certification contributes to the LEED Circular Products pilot credit for Zero Waste manufacturing.”

During the evaluation, GreenCircle confirmed that, since 2016, the Superior Essex Hoisington facility has reduced its water usage by over 20%, its generated waste by over 30% and its Scope-1 and Scope-2 Carbon Emissions by 16%. To holistically reduce their resource use, the company invested in a closed-loop system that recycles 100% of the water used in the extrusion process and installed energy-efficient lighting systems as well.

“For us, sustainability is a responsibility – a way for us to make a real impact in the communities and industries we serve. Because we firmly believe that the technology that interconnects the world should also respect it,” said Brad R. Johnson, President, Superior Essex Communications. Echoing his sentiments, Annie Bevan, Global Head of Sustainability, Superior Essex Communications, added, “This is an immense achievement for our company, plant and planet, and we are honored to have our commitment to sustainability recognized once again.”

One of the key employees responsible for leading the plant’s sustainability initiatives is Phil Metro, Manager, Distribution Services, at the Superior Essex manufacturing facility in Hoisington. Metro and the plant’s grassroots “green team” have worked diligently and passionately for over 15 years to make Superior Essex a more sustainable manufacturer. The team has continuously remained vigilant over the plant’s waste reduction, recycling and reuse programs; verified that their partners do the same; and maintained their resource-reduction efforts to minimize their water use, electricity consumption and carbon emissions. “Though I may lead this effort,” Metro says humbly, “we wouldn’t be where we are today without the diligent accountability of all our employees on the plant floor who keep our sustainability practices running so well.”

As a result of their environmentally conscious work, the company’s sustainable processes have proven Superior Essex as the first company in the communications industry – and one of only a handful across the entire United States – with a verified Zero Waste to Landfill certification. Moreover, fewer companies still have been able to achieve and upkeep that certification for six consecutive years – a feat unto itself.

Radzinski added, “Superior Essex has been fully transparent throughout the rigorous certification process, and continuing to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill for six consecutive years is very difficult. This speaks to the hard work and dedication that Superior Essex employees put in every day to ensure they are doing the right thing and driving continuous improvement in their facility.”

Visit the Superior Essex Communications website to learn more about the company’s sustainable manufacturing.


Melanie Singleton, Director, Marketing Communications
Superior Essex International LP – Communications


Superior Essex Communications is the leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cable in North America. It is on the forefront of innovation through Power over Ethernet, Intelligent Buildings and Cities, 5G Fiber infrastructure including Hybrid and Composite solutions, as well as technological advancements being made at its Product Development Center. Superior Essex Communications is also setting the pace on sustainability by being the first and only company with a Zero Waste to Landfill Certification at its Hoisington (KS) plant; the first wire and cable producer to contribute points to LEED certification, and the first to offer verified sustainable cables in over 50 products. Superior Essex Communications is Everywhere You Live and Work®. Additional information is available at


GreenCircle Certified, LLC was established to ensure specificity in third-party certification after encountering many unsubstantiated claims in the marketplace. GreenCircle’s rigorous evaluation process provides independent verification that claims of sustainable aspects of products and operations are valid. Manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, occupants and consumers can be assured that products labeled with the GreenCircle Certified mark have been thoroughly assessed and their claims verified to applicable standards. GreenCircle certification helps establish brand integrity and develop consumer confidence, which is key to building brand recognition in the current marketplace. Additional information is available at

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