Perlick’s Commitment to Sustainability
For more than a century, Perlick has been a family-owned, locally based company. We pride ourselves not only on the quality of our products but on the responsible way those products are manufactured. As a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing company on Milwaukee’s northwest side, located near homes and the Milwaukee River, we know it is crucial to follow the strictest of guidelines when it comes to safety, sustainability, and environmental stewardship.
Perlick has been on the Partners for a Cleaner Environment Honor Roll for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) since 2002, as part of our involvement in the Clean Water Act.
Perlick’s facility is a significant user in the district’s regulatory program, and there is technology in place to greatly reduce pollution from the facility’s processed water. We remove the metals and wet chemistry return of the contaminated water from every gallon of processed water per the standards set by MMSD. Perlick then returns the prepared water to MMSD for final purification and release. Perlick consistently receives scores lower or equal to the standards set by MMSD for metals and wet chemistry returns. This not only protects the environment but also contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Cleaner Industrial Processes
For the past two decades, Perlick has been working to eliminate many hazardous wastes in our processes, including degreasing. Through vigorous testing, we were able to eliminate solvents such as MEK, cyanide, naphtha, and other solvents with flash points under 142. These have now been replaced with environmentally friendly solutions such as products like Simple Green and n-Propyl Bromide (nPB). One notable success was removing Trichloroethylene 123 and replacing it with the n-Propyl Bromide (nPB).
Recycling Emphasis in All Departments
- Metal Recycling: Perlick has partnerships with recycling companies to remove metal containing scrap from our waste materials. This eliminates extra waste in the local landfills.
- Skid Recycling: All wood skids are recycled, also resulting in a reduction of waste into local landfills.
- Paper Recycling: Perlick has a vigorous paper recycling program for all white paper and cardboard at the facility. No paper is allowed in any trash sent from the facility. Cardboard is baled and recycled weekly.
- Electronic Waste: All electronic waste is collected and disposed of responsibly. Electronic components are dismantled and reprocessed.
Perlick is constantly working to ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible. We instituted a complete electrical lighting change in the facility a few years ago. All lights were changed from T12s to T8s. A total of 1,700 lights were removed and exchanged. This results in a return on investment of eight months due to the increased energy saving. These savings result in a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Perlick’s Commitment to Natural Refrigerant
One of Perlick’s core values is Live the Legacy. As a steward of the manufacturing community for more than 100 years, we are committed to being good stewards of our business, communities, and the environment. As an industry leader in refrigeration, one of the ways Perlick can live the legacy is by utilizing clean technologies like Hydrocarbon Refrigerant.
Hydrocarbons (HC) are one of the most basic elements found on Earth, consisting entirely of hydrogen and carbon. They can be used as eco-friendly refrigerants, thereby promoting Perlick’s overall commitment to environmental responsibility. Hydrocarbon refrigerants are now EPA mandated because they have a very low Global Warming Potential (GWP), which means less greenhouse gas gets trapped in the atmosphere when compared to traditional refrigerants.
Perlick has the industry’s largest selection of Energy Star rated undercounter refrigeration. To see a full listing of all of Perlick’s Energy Star products Click here
Energy Efficient, Eco-Friendly Design
Perlick only produces naturally friendly HC refrigeration systems.
Perlick uses natural refrigerants R600a and R290 in each one of its state-of-the-art refrigeration systems. R600a and R290 have low environmental impact and are nontoxic. In addition, hydrocarbon refrigerants are up to 30% more efficient than older refrigeration systems. Each Perlick refrigeration product is optimized for efficiency based on its application in the field.
Energy efficiency is vital for all business operators, from corner bars to restaurants to live venues, as we all try to reduce costs. Perlick uses the latest hydrocarbon technology, so you can rest assured that you are doing your part to run your business responsibly. In addition, we know homeowners want to help ensure a healthy environment for future generations, so Perlick’s residential products are also subject to our strict eco-friendly standards.
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