“These organizations have found innovative and resourceful ways to reduce waste and pollution, often increasing efficiency and lowering costs at the same time,” Governor Pawlenty said at the St. Paul Capitol as he awarded organizations for their environmental achievements.
In mid-2003, Ritrama developed a partnership with the Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) and signed a Good Neighbor Agreement in order to help improve the environment. This agreement was signed to prevent the release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air. Ritrama has installed thermal oxidizers and today has reduced emissions by 92 percent over the course of the project.
The Southeast Como Improvement Association has been working on planning strategies to help with pollution prevention in the industrial area of Minneapolis. Ritrama will continue to collaborate with the association supporting pollution prevention and waste reduction as well as sponsoring neighborhood activities. Ritrama also continues to build new initiatives to reduce environmental impact.