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Environmental Health and Safety

Protecting our social and physical environment is one of 3M's core values. At 3M Greenville, we achieve this through our commitment to proactive environmental management.

Managing Our Environmental Footprint

Environmental Health and Safety Management System:

3M Greenville's EHS Management System promotes sound environmental management. It helps us to manage the environmental footprint of our operations, drive sustainable growth, and address the expectations of our stakeholders. These stakeholders include our employees, customers, regulators, environmental groups, and the communities surrounding our plant.

Our EHS Management System

  • Includes an integrated, holistic system that anticipates and addresses long-term issues and drives continuous improvement.
  • Promotes a strategic planning process that integrates EHS issues into business planning.
  • Includes a process for identifying issues, developing formal action plans, setting goals and measuring results.

Pollution Prevention

3M pioneered the concept of pollution prevention with the creation of the pollution prevention pays (3P) program in 1975. The 3P program is based on the concept that pollution prevention is more environmentally effective, technically sound and economical than conventional pollution control equipment. Natural resources, energy, and money are used to build conventional pollution controls, and more resources are consumed operating them. Conventional controls are temporarily and do not eliminate the problem. 3P seeks to eliminate pollution at the source through product reformulation, process modification, equipment redesign, and the recycling and reuse of waste materials.

3P is a key element of 3M Greenville's environmental strategy. Since 1975, 3M Greenville has completed 73 3P projects which prevented more than 28,700 tons of air pollution, 328 tons of water pollution, and 13,635 tons of waste. This saved more than $13 million in the first year of the projects.

Key Environmental Accomplishments

We are particularly proud of our work around the following:

  • In 1994, 3M Greenville was awarded the South Carolina Governor's Pollution Prevention Award for installing a state-of-the-art Solvent Recovery Unit.
  • In 1999, 3M Greenville received ISO 14001 certification, one of the first large manufacturing sites within 3M to earn this recognition.
  • In 2001, 3M Greenville was certified to the South Carolina Wildlife and Industry Together (W.A.I.T) program.
  • In 2003, 3M Greenville was awarded another South Carolina Governor's Pollution Prevention Award for work on moving solvent-based tape to water-based.
  • In 2003, 3M Greenville was awarded the "3M Chairman's EHS Leadership Award" for moving solvent-based tapes to a water-based formulation.
  • In 2005, 3M Greenville's Tape Plant was recognized for meeting the ET-05 environmental targets.
  • In 2006, 3M Greenville's wildlife habitat efforts were certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council.
  • In 2006, 3M Greenville installed its first electric boiler. This boiler does not burn fossil fuels and is more energy efficient and therefore reduces energy costs as well as Nox emissions.
  • In 2010, 3M Greenville partnered with the 3M Foundation to make a $20,000 donation to the Lake Conestee Foundation to support an environmental education project.


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