Our CSR Strategy
Citron Hygiene is passionate about developing environmentally friendly hygiene products and services that minimize our impact on the environment while continuing to help businesses deliver the same through our initiatives. With climate change, waste and water management just being a few of the big issues our world faces, it’s more important than ever that we take accountable steps to provide eco-friendly solutions where possible and help businesses minimize their impact too.
How Citron Hygiene is Reducing Our Environmental Impact
Citron Hygiene’s respect for the environment is deeply embedded in our company practices and in the services and products we deliver. Our goal is to be a leader in the area of sustainability and environmental responsibility for our industry, company and stakeholders, as we believe it is both good business practice and our duty to protect the natural resources of the communities we serve.
Citron Hygiene takes conscious steps to reduce the impact our products and solutions have on the environment. This is why we are proud to acknowledge our efforts to supply energy-saving, and waste management products to businesses. Our Automatic Touchless Restroom Solutions are designed with the environment in mind. Not only are they produced with technology to extend battery life to 3 years and save businesses time replacing them, but they also include box-less refills reducing packaging waste by 70%. This also applies to our eco-friendly hand dryers. We only supply Dyson hand dryers to businesses as their range requires very little maintenance, are designed with efficiency in mind and can help your business costs by as much as 80%. Find out about our entire range of eco-friendly washroom solutions and how you can improve efficiency and reduce cost in your business – without compromising on quality.
In addition to complying with all applicable environmental regulations and laws, we commit to:
- Make environmental concerns an integral part of our planning & decision making.
- Minimize, mitigate and restore and adverse environmental impacts caused by our operations.
- Educate and encourage employees to be accountable for environment stewardship.
- Maintain open communication with our stakeholders with regards to energy and environmental issues.
- Continually improve our environmental programs.
- Promote the efficient use of energy and natural resources through energy management programs.
- Forge strategic partnerships with manufacturers, distributors and service providers that share our environmental principles.
- Ensure proper handling and disposal of all waste as well as pursue opportunities to recycle and reuse waste materials.
- Continually evaluate our environmental performance and improve our practices.
Innovative Waste Management Programs
Citron Hygiene’s concern for human safety and the environment are at the core of our business practices. It’s hugely important to us that the design of our service programs, products and internal processes reflect our respect for the environment with the aim to help businesses create healthier and safer space while minimizing the impact on the environment. In turn, Citron Hygiene has put initiatives in place to create innovative waste management programs to ensure they are recycling and disposing of waste in an effective, sustainable way. The three innovative waste management programs are:
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.
The first part of our innovative waste management program is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Reducing the amount of waste we generate is an important part of our environmental stewardship program. Citron Hygiene has taken an active step to not only ensure all products and solutions are eco-friendly but to create a comprehensive recycling program that diverts a significant amount of waste from landfill, to heavily reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This includes the following materials:
- Cardboard and paper-based packaging.
- Used / empty aerosol cans and air freshener cartridges
- Used / empty plastic soap and urinal treatment cartridges.
- Plastic dispensers and disposal units – at the end of their life span
Another step Citron Hygiene has taken towards tackling climate change is by switching most of our chemicals to convenient 10L large format boxes, this reduces packaging waste dramatically compared to the most commonly used 4x4L format. In addition to this, many of our chemicals come in highly concentrated formulas and are dispensed through properly calibrated dilution systems. By choosing to refill the chemicals onsite into re-usable spray bottles, this allows us to significantly reduce unnecessary packaging waste and therefore reduce our carbon footprint further.
Handling Hazardous Waste
Another initiative Citron Hygiene has taken towards our environmental program is the proper handling of hazardous waste i.e., batteries. Poor waste management can result in the production of methane; a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, air pollution and directly affects many ecosystems, making it one of the most damaging effects on the environment. Citron Hygiene has recognized the significance of proper waste disposal and through our environmental programs, we ensure waste is disposed of properly to create a safer and healthier environment for everyone.
All batteries from Citron Hygiene’s automatic disposal and dispensing units are recycled through Provincial Stewardship programs so businesses can feel confident that by partnering with Citron Hygiene, you are contributing towards a sustainable future. Furthermore, we have partnered with local suppliers to recycle all batteries from any product we service to keep them out of landfills and therefore reducing the release of harmful chemicals into the environment.
Turning Waste into Energy
The third element of our innovative waste management programs is turning waste into energy. Throughout our service programs, we’ve integrated ways to eliminate landfill waste, conserve water and use eco-friendly products. Diverting materials from landfill is an integral part of Citron Hygiene’s environmental program. By diverting materials like metals, organic waste and hazardous waste from the landfill, this helps stop the production of a toxic chemical called leachate and other potent greenhouse gasses.
Citron Hygiene has taken this initiative a step further and forged partnership with Covanta Energy. Covanta aims to provide a safe, technologically advanced method of waste disposal through incineration which as a result generates clean, renewable energy; supports the recovery of metals and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Our partnership with Covanta has resulted in enough waste-to-energy conversion to power Ottawa for the next 5 years, and that’s just the beginning. Learn more about how Citron Hygiene partner with Covanta and their commitment to sustainability.
In addition to the above, we are doing our best to reduce the use of plastic by offering hygienic hands-free menstrual waste disposal units with DIN registered & Health Canada approved Actiwipe™, designed specifically to reduce and prevent the spread of infection.
In the absence of a hygiene unit, the standard place for sanitary waste to end up is down the toilet. This can lead to drain blockages and plumbing issues which will not only incur huge costs on businesses but can also lead to waste ending up in waste-water systems if not disposed of correctly thus having a negative impact on the environment. By providing sanitary waste containers, this drastically reduces the amount of waste that ends up in water streams. By partnering with Citron Hygiene, businesses can guarantee that everything we provide is with the aim to increase the health of your space and work towards a sustainable future. To find out more about our sanitary bin services, contact the Citron Hygiene team today.
How Our Services Contribute to LEED Points for Your Business
Our company mission revolves around ensuring workplaces across North America are safe and hygienic to all who come and go. This is why we go above and beyond to provide everything you need to achieve this. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a widely recognized green building rating system that is used across Canada and the United States and is aimed at creating buildings that are healthy, resilient and resource efficient. By partnering with Citron Hygiene, not only will you be taking steps to enhance hygiene within your facilities, but all our services can contribute to businesses gaining LEED Points. Continuous improvement ahead of evolving government policies is at the heart of LEED and this is recognized by Citron Hygiene, who take steps to ensure we are continuously improving our solutions in order to provide a safe place for businesses. Learn more about LEED and how we are tackling climate change.
How We Can Help Businesses
Citron Hygiene are passionate about continuing to develop and supply businesses with quality, eco-friendly products and solutions for healthier and safer spaces all while minimizing the impact on the environment. In turn, this aids businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and work towards a sustainable future for generations to come.
Businesses have a greater responsibility now more than ever before to do what they can and take significant steps to work towards a sustainable future. Therefore, by investing in Citron Hygiene, you’ll be assured that as a business you are contributing positively and mitigating impact on the environment. Get in touch with our team to find out more about our range of efficient, eco-friendly solutions.