HICKORY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a drive to build upon its ongoing environmental initiatives,
CommScope, Inc. is expanding its cable reel recycling program to
customers of Andrew Wireless Solutions, the company’s
division that is a global leader in communications systems and products.
The Andrew Reel Recycling Program is an effort to reduce the waste of
reels on which Andrew’s HELIAX®
cables are shipped. CommScope launched its own ReelSmart®
recycling program in 1988 for its broadband and wireless cable reels,
and today recycles more than 66,000 reels per year, saving approximately
20,000 trees annually. The North Carolina-based company has twice won
the Governor’s Award of Excellence in the
large business waste reduction category.
“We expect the Reel Recycling Program to
drive a higher level of participation and have a far greater
environmental impact than the smaller scale reel recovery program Andrew
previously had in place,” said Stan Catey,
group vice president and general manager, Cable Products, Andrew. “We
are very excited to leverage CommScope’s
prior experience in making this program a noteworthy success for
customers, ourselves, and the global environment.”
The Andrew program will be launched in the U.S. and Western Europe this
year. It currently is available in Spain, with the U.S. rollout set for
June, to be followed by additional European nations later in the year.
Andrew hopes to recycle more than 15,000 reels in the continental U.S.
alone during the first year of the Reel Recycling Program.
To encourage participation, Andrew has begun charging customers for
reels used for shipping HELIAX cables. These charges will be partially
or completely reimbursed to customers who participate in the Reel
Recycling Program, depending on the condition of the reels when
returned. Reels returned in excellent condition may even be awarded
reimbursement above the initial charge. Cable reels, made of mostly high
grade wood, are used in shipping and storing transmission line cables,
with sizes ranging as large as 3.5 meters in diameter.
Andrew’s wireless cable customers will
realize additional benefits besides environmental goodwill. In the
absence of recycling programs, cable installers usually break down the
wooden reels and either burn or dispose of them in landfills. By
participating in the Reel Recycling Program, time and labor is reduced
as installers no longer need perform this function. In addition,
customers can avoid being additionally charged for reel disposal or
landfill fees by local waste management firms. Andrew expects to
establish five recycling centers across the U.S. to which cable reels
can be returned.
CommScope has been an active and long-time participant in environmental
efforts. It joined more than 200 U.S. companies in pledging to
rationalize energy consumption and waste as part of the 1992 Energy
Policy Act. The company also began voluntarily reporting greenhouse gas
emissions in 2002 as part of the Global Climate Change Initiative.
HELIAX and ReelSmart are registered trademarks of CommScope, Inc.
CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV) (www.commscope.com)
is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication
networks. Through its Andrew Wireless Solutions™
brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for
wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX®
brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions,
delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including
cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network
design services for business enterprise applications. It is also the
premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband cable television
networks and one of the leading North American providers of
environmentally secure cabinets for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by
strong research and development, CommScope combines technical expertise
and proprietary technology with global manufacturing capability to
provide customers with infrastructure solutions for evolving global
communications networks in more than 130 countries around the world.
This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based
on information currently available to management, management’s
beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are
subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could
cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently
expected.For a more detailed description of the factors that
could cause such a difference, please see CommScope’s
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.In providing
forward-looking statements, the company does not intend, and is not
undertaking any obligation or duty, to update these statements as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.