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Helping businesses improve their waste diversion & recycling efforts, one post at a time!

Shelby Bell

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A Guide To Workplace Composting

Instead of letting scraps go to waste, businesses have the opportunity to compost their organics to create nutrient-rich, healthy soil. To give you the full run-down on composting, we’ve put together a guide that answers the most commonly asked composting questions and provides tips to help you get started right away. Read on to learn more!

  Did you know the United States leads the world in food waste? Every year in the U.S, the EPA estimates that approximately 31 percent (133 billion pounds) of the overall food supply is wasted. Instead of letting scraps go to waste, businesses have the opportunity to compost their organics to create nutrient-rich, healthy soil that businesses can use for their own agricultural purposes like animal feed or fertilizer, donate to another business, or recycle through composting. More than that, composting is a great approach for businesses that are looking for a sustainable way to save valuable resources, divert more waste from landfill, and reduce waste costs overall. To give you the full run-down on composting, we’ve put together a guide that answers the most commonly asked composting questions and provides tips to help you get started right away.

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6 Practices for an Eco-friendly Business Environment

Businesses have an excellent opportunity to focus on iterating on old ideas and introducing new practices to improve the health of their organization. Read our post to pick up tips for integrating environmentally-friendly practices into your business to help create a healthier environment while driving corporate success!

 

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6 Ways to Improve Facility Management Operations

Successful facility managers focus on introducing optimization into their roles whether it's through upgrading company assets to boost efficiency, or working with innovative waste haulers to improve waste and recycling operations. Read the post to learn six top tips for driving long-term facility management success.

  With over 5.6 million commercial buildings in the United States, many people, employees and consumers alike, expect facilities to be sustainable—through energy conservation, solid waste management and recycling, and resource conservation, to name a few. But what many people don’t realize is that a sustainable business cannot be achieved without efficient facility management. Facility management sounds exactly like what it is: A professional management discipline rooted mainly in the efficient and sustainable delivery of services and facility improvements within the buildings being managed.

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How COVID-19 Has Revealed Unsustainable Business Practices

As the world starts to reopen, many companies have been reflecting on the past few months and preparing their plan for what business will look like on the other side of COVID-19. In this blog post, we discuss how COVID-19 has shed light on wasteful business practices, and how companies can use this time to reveal opportunities for adjustment and innovation to create a better, new normal as they return to business!

  As the world starts to reopen, many companies have been reflecting on the past few months and preparing their plan for what business will look like on the other side of COVID-19. No company could have predicted the challenges presented by the virus, but one silver lining to come from this crisis is the ability for organizations to slow down and recognize opportunities to evolve traditional business activities and drive lasting change. For many businesses, the pandemic has brought along its own unforeseen challenges, but has also highlighted areas for adaptation and growth—especially in areas that impact sustainability. In this blog post, we discuss how COVID-19 has shed light on wasteful business practices, and how companies can use this time to reveal opportunities for adjustment and innovation to create a better, new normal as they return to business! Continue reading to learn more.

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How Retail Stores Can Influence Sustainable Consumer Behaviors

In recent years many brands have brought environmental issues to the forefront of their business and marketing practices. Read our latest blog post to learn why retailers have an excellent opportunity to integrate sustainability into their business activities and how they can educate consumers to make better purchase decisions and increase brand loyalty—all while making a positive impact on the planet.

 

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5 Tips to Create an Evergreen Recycling Program

For some companies, it’s easy to create a recycling program with a laissez-faire approach and hope for the best while calling it a success. However, to truly have an effective waste and recycling program that makes an impact, companies must be dynamic . Check out a few tips in this post that your business can implement to ensure a successful recycling program, increase recycling rates, and improve cost savings--No matter what curveballs are thrown your way!

  For some companies, it’s easy to create a recycling program with a laissez-faire approach and hope for the best while calling it a success. However, to truly have an effective waste and recycling program that makes an impact, companies must be more dynamic—adjusting recycling programs to meet new needs as they arise, such as business expansion, unexpected materials being introduced into the waste stream, and new employees joining the team.

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The Decomposition Clock

If there's one thing we know for sure, it's that recycling can be confusing by nature, which often results in individuals sending the majority of their waste to landfills. Unfortunately, this behavior has consequences—the most obvious being the length of time it takes certain materials to decompose in a landfill. We've created a helpful visualization to better understand the decomposition times of frequently discarded materials. Check out our post to learn more.

 

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How COVID-19 Is Encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility

The world is currently facing a global health crisis unlike anything we’ve ever experienced in our lifetime. Without a doubt, the novel coronavirus has presented many challenges across industries, but has also offered opportunities for businesses to evaluate the effectiveness of current strategies and identify new methods to improve their processes for the future. Read this blog post to understand how COVID-19 is shedding light on new opportunities for corporate social responsibility.

 

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The Ultimate List of What Can Be Recycled

If you're wondering what items can be recycled, you've come to the right place. Understanding this information will help improve your recycling efforts. Still, with several materials, rules, and bins to keep track of, we know it can be easy to lose sight of the specifics. Here, we're going to list the items you can (and cannot) recycle to help your business maximize the positive impacts of your recycling efforts. Follow along for more!

  If you're wondering what items can be recycled, you've come to the right place. Understanding this information will help improve your recycling efforts. Still, with several materials, rules, and bins to keep track of, we know it can be easy to lose sight of the specifics. Here, we're going to list the items you can (and cannot) recycle to help your business maximize the positive impacts of your recycling efforts. Follow along for more!

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