Hunter Industries is committed to achieving zero waste certification for our facilities by 2017. Zero waste certification requires that 90% of our waste is diverted from the landfill. To make sure we exceed the 90% target, we are examining our business from top to bottom looking for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Our employee recycling centers are in their fourth year of operation, and are a positive tool to raise awareness about proper waste disposal. The recycling centers provide a convenient location for Hunter employees to dispose of their nonstandard recyclables.
In 2015, our absolute waste numbers increased by roughly 200 tons due to increased production and an increase in our scrap resin. Our plastics regrind shop on the San Marcos campus was closed during 2015 while it was moved and upgraded, reducing our ability to reuse scrap resin. The shop will be back in operation in 2016 to support our resin reuse needs.
However, we diverted a higher percentage of waste from the landfill in 2015, with an 83% diversion rate, an increase of 3.1% over 2014, getting us closer to our 2017 goal.
In 2015, we conducted several waste audits in order to get a better understanding of how much and what type of waste was being generated and where we could increase recycling or reuse. We continue to implement small and large steps to achieve our zero waste goal. They include actions such as increasing our scrap resin reuse in our Tijuana facility, and adding coffee ground recycling receptacles in San Marcos breakroom locations.