Environmental Statement

At Sheffield Platers, Incorporated, our respect for the environment is unwavering. This unqualified respect is reflected in both our management and our metal finishing processes. We are committed to honoring our internal mandate for resolute environmental stewardship.

Sheffield Platers’ business ethics and stakeholder relations are based on consistency and high morals. This is stated in our mission statement and is also expressed through our environmental work by efforts to constantly reduce the environmental impacts of our electroplating processes.

Emphasis is now to be placed on looking at our environmental management in a more holistic and systems oriented approach. Specifically, focusing on source reduction, process improvement and modification, with an appreciation for the protection of biological chains.

Environmental Protection

Sheffield Platers, wishes to be among the leaders in environmental protection. In our process development we strive to ensure:

  • We choose materials, technologies and equipment based on considerations of respect for the environment without compromising user interests and total cost
  • We reduce our effect on the environment by minimizing our consumption of materials and energy as well as emissions and waste from our processes
  • We influence our suppliers to develop and supply raw materials, products and services that are environmentally more acceptable

100% Committed

We maintain a commitment to 100% compliance with all applicable environmental laws, and we are committed to effecting continual improvements in our processes and to developing environmentally compatible metal finishing technologies and processes.

Sheffield Platers conducts its operations in a “ state-of-the-art facility” in San Diego, California.

Local governmental and environmental authorities have officially recognized our facility and our employees for “demonstrating a commitment to environmental excellence in the handling of our process rinse water and environmental compliance programs.”


Action Taken

The old and still prevalent environmental management plans focus on “ end of the pipe” control technology in response to command and control statutes and regulations at all levels of the government.

Sheffield Platers is leading the way in which metal finishers and chemical engineers look at situations that impact the environment: For example, addressing the problem at the “front of the pipe” instead of the “end of the pipe”. Here is a brief look at some of the things we have accomplished.

  • We recycle 96% of all our process rinse water
  • We are a zero discharge facility to the sewer
  • We condense and distill up to 1200 gallons of water per day from our rinse water treatment unit for reuse in our processes
  • We send out our electroless nickel to be recycled
  • We send out our filter cake to be recycled
  • We have extended the life of our acid and cleaner processes by 400% by incorporating many different bath life extension techniques
  • 80% of our paper products are from recycled paper
Sheffield Platers Environmental Recycling System

RoHs Compliant

Sheffield provides RoHS compliant services for most metal plating processes. The definition and aim of the RoHS directive is quite simple. The RoHS directive aims to restrict certain dangerous substances commonly used in electronic and electronic equipment. Any RoHS compliant manufactured part is tested for the presence of Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent chromium (Hex-Cr), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). For Cadmium and Hexavalent chromium, there must be less than 0.01% of the substance by weight at raw homogeneous materials level.For Lead, PBB, and PBDE, there must be no more than 0.1% of the material, when calculated by weight at raw homogeneous materials. Any RoHS compliant component must have 100 ppm or less of mercury and the mercury must not have been intentionally added to the component. Some military and medical equipment may be exempt from RoHS compliance.

Please let us know your need for RoHS compliance on your orders and we will likewise note compliance on our material certification.

Empowered Employees

Our concern for the environment is reflected at every level of our company and our employees participate in an incentive program, which is designed to encourage, recognize, and reward strict adherence to the highest environmental standards. We must increase the knowledge and commitment of our employees to ensure compliance with both internal and external guidelines on environmental protection.

We need to take our knowledge of pollution prevention home with us and disseminate that knowledge to friends and family.

Our Legacy. Our Future.

For more than five  decades, Sheffield Platers has been in the forefront of the plating industry in the research and development of innovative technologies for our process rinse waters, and point source reduction.

We invite you to join with us in our commitment to protecting the environment through responsible use of our natural resources.