"We want to go beyond simply complying with environmental legislation and regulations; we want to become leading supporters in our community and industry." - Alex Bernhardt, Sr., Chairman
As a family-owned and operated company, we care a great deal about the health and welfare of our employees, our customers, our suppliers, our community and our planet. We have a long-standing corporate tradition of providing a safe and healthful work place, protecting the environment, and conserving energy and natural resources.
This tradition has served the environment and our business well over the years and now provides the foundation for a comprehensive set of Environmental Policy Objectives. These objectives include:
As a sign of our commitment, we have launched a number of company-wide initiatives that focus on meeting these objectives. Corporately, we have received EFEC (Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture) certification for five of our U.S. facilities, including our Corporate Office, and our divisions are developing programs with environmental groups such as SFI, FSC, and GREENGUARD, or in support of LEED, as appropriate. In addition, we are communicating and partnering with our suppliers, governmental agencies, our trade associations and our community to assist us in achieving results consistent with environmental leadership.
We believe that protecting our environment is the right thing to do. That is why we pledge to promote sound and sustainable business practices for the benefit of all those who depend upon us now and for those who will depend upon us in years to come
Bernhardt Hospitality products are designed and engineered to last for many years. Frequently, whether designed under the Design for the Environment program or a legacy product, the life span of the product is longer than customers require, resulting in the issue of disposal.
While disposal in a landfill can occur, Bernhardt Hospitality offers alternatives to discarding products. Since Bernhardt Hospitality products are distributed worldwide, returning products to the original production location would consume resources and generate greenhouse gasses. Consequently, two alternatives are available to the consumer: repurpose and recycle.
Donating furniture to social agencies assisting the economically disadvantaged is an opportunity for disposal of products while making an appreciable difference in the quality of life for the recipient. Examples include the homeless transitioning to housing, families who have lost their possessions through fire or disasters, refugees from war-torn countries re-settling in the United States, and the elderly living on fixed incomes. Organizations such as Habitat and various shelter homes frequently need furniture.
Many agencies accept donations; some will pick up the donated item. The organizations below are just a few of the groups that assist in giving products a second life and keeping them from the landfill.
The recycling of used products requires more time and effort than repurposing, but sometimes is the most efficient way to avoid landfill disposal. While Bernhardt Hospitality products are designed through the Design for the Environment program to be easily disassembled, some products must still be deconstructed in order to separate the materials into liked components. Since this can be a physically challenging process, appropriate safety precautions should be taken.
Typically, up to seven types of components may exist in Bernhardt Hospitality products: wood, composite wood products, metal/aluminum, plastics, fabric/textiles, polyurethane foam, and electrical. Most municipalities have a recycling program that will accommodate these materials. Some materials, such as the metal and aluminum, may even be a saleable commodity in some areas.
If the local municipality does not offer recycling services, the following links can provide information on recycling in certain regions and states.
1 ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT: Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling
2 NY, NJ, PR, VI: Hazardous Waste, Pollution Prevention, Solid Waste
3 PA, DE, DC, MD, VA, WV: Municipal Solid Waste (Recycling), Waste and Chemicals Management Division
4 KY, TN, NC, SC, MS, AL, GA, FL: Waste Management Division
5 MN, WI, IL, MI, IN, OH: Pollution Prevention, Wastes, Solid Waste Program, Waste Minimization
6 NM, TX, OK, AR, LA: Solid Waste Programs, Waste Topics
7 NE, KS, IA, MO: Household Hazardous Waste, Hazardous Waste Program, Solid Waste Program, Underground Storage Tanks
8 MT, ND, WY, SD, UT, CO: Conservation and Recycling, Land and Waste Programs
9 CA, NV, AZ, HI: Recycle City, Solid and Hazardous Waste Programs
10 WA, OR, ID, AK: Hazardous Waste, Waste/Chemicals Mgmt , Pollution Prevention, Recycling, Solid/Municipal Waste
District of Columbia - Washington DC
Guam - US Territory
Puerto Rico - US Commonwealth
Washington DC - The District of Columbia