Evironmental management system
HLS Linen Services is dedicated to being an environmentally and socially responsible operation that works in partnership with our employees, customers, and vendors, to reduce any negative impact on natural resources. We are pioneers and leaders in recycling and infection control activities, operating under strict guidelines set forth by suppliers, launderers, customers, and equipment manufacturers, as well other leaders in the health care, recycling, and infection control fields.
As the world changes and natural resources become a more precious commodity, we recognize our responsibility to generate a positive impact and do our part in protecting the environment. In so doing, we have been inspired to re-evaluate our business in terms of environmental impact, the use of natural and human resources, and overall corporate responsibility. We are committed to building sustainable thinking into all aspects of our business; because we know that our actions today mean a better world tomorrow for generations to come. It is our promise to go beyond assisting our customers with a valuable community service and strive to respect the environment, our partners, and communities while making our workplace safer and healthier for our staff.
Here are some examples of HLS sustainability initiatives:
Energy Conservation Program
Our new state of the art facility has generated significant gas and water savings – both in terms of cost and resource use. Our cost per gas has dropped 3.89 cents per kilogram and water costs have dropped 2.66 cents per kilogram.
Through innovative changes in material handling systems and more efficient plant space, overall output has been increased by 50%, reducing the average price per kilo of general linen shipped to customers. HLS is meeting all customer needs with only one shift which means a reduced impact on power and other resources (including humans) used to run the equipment!
Concentrated wash formulas go a long way, reducing chemical use and subsequent waste. We perform energy audits that evaluate the amount of energy used in the overall wash process. This allows us to evaluate potential energy-saving opportunities. In addition, we use oxygen bleaching rather than chlorine bleach which can have adverse effects on the environment as it is discharged into the waste system.
Since 1988, HLS has been recycling wash water, reducing water use by two-thirds. Not only does this save money, but it also has less impact on watercourses and translates into decreased costs to customers.
Health & Safety
Ergonomic workstations, conveyor systems, anti-fatigue mats, and new materials handling systems ease the physical strain, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance productivity. We have air handling systems for greater control of airborne particles which also help improve air circulation.
By operating a centralized linen laundry and processing facility, resources used in on-premise facilities are greatly reduced. The high-efficiency, high-volume equipment that is a standard part of the HLS process allows more linen to be processed to a higher standard in less time, using less power, water, and chemicals than would be required in a per-load on-site facility.