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VIDEO: Paper Shredding AND Recycling

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When paper is shredded AND then recycled, you are not only handling your confidential/sensitive documents corrrectly, but you are also being environmentally friendly. You are reducing the demand for lumber, water and energy required to produce new paper. For secure and sustainable shredding, you should: Go local. Make sure the shredding facility is nearby so … Continue reading VIDEO: Paper Shredding AND Recycling

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A Conversation With The Waldorf Astoria On Sustainability

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A Conversation With The Waldorf Astoria On Sustainability The Waldorf Astoria was one of three winners of the inaugural 2014 HANYC Sustainability Awards, given out by the Hotel Association of NYC. What have they been doing in the year since their win? How have their efforts made a difference in their operations? We found out: … Continue reading A Conversation With The Waldorf Astoria On Sustainability

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Client Spotlight: The How And Why Of Waste Audits At The USGBC

Even the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization responsible for the LEED green building program, must keep an eye on their own LEED performance.  As waste consultants for the USGBC, Great Forest helps the organization monitor their sustainability efforts through quarterly waste audits. Waste is one of five categories used to determine a building’s … Continue reading Client Spotlight: The How And Why Of Waste Audits At The USGBC

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Vendor Spotlight: Ace Recycling For Bulk Trash/Recycling

Perhaps you are cleaning out a company storage space, or a commercial tenant has moved out, or you are undergoing a renovation. Many businesses deal with bulk waste by getting a 20-30 yard open-top dumpster. The problem is that the contents of that dumpster may end up in a landfill. Not only is this wasteful, but … Continue reading Vendor Spotlight: Ace Recycling For Bulk Trash/Recycling

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A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability

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A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability The Carlton hotel was one of three winners of the 2014 HANYC Sustainability Awards. What have they been doing in the year since their win? How have their efforts made a difference in their operations? We found out from General Manager Vic Freeman. Q: What did winning the first HANYC … Continue reading A Conversation With The Carlton Hotel On Sustainability

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Case study: Manufacturer Profits From Increased Waste Diversion

The manufacturing industry is one that can greatly profit from increased waste diversion and improved sustainability, partly because of the sheer volume of material they generate. There are many opportunities to reduce waste and lower costs in ways that are simple but effective. Here is one case study that shows how it can be done in a busy … Continue reading Case study: Manufacturer Profits From Increased Waste Diversion

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Behind The Scenes: Action Carting

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Great Forest recently toured Action Environmental Group’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in the Bronx to get a first-hand look at what happens to some of the commercial waste and recycling generated by New York City’s businesses. The facility processes 40 tons of material an hour, much of it paper, which makes up the bulk of an average commercial office building’s … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Action Carting

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Innovative Nonprofit Turns Waste Stream Into Revenue Stream

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Nonprofits  across the country are getting advice from St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Oregon, on how to mine waste streams for revenue streams. St. Vincent de Paul reportedly has trailers at transfer sites from Portland to San Jose to intercept and collect furniture, clothes, mattresses and other items headed to the landfill. The money it … Continue reading Innovative Nonprofit Turns Waste Stream Into Revenue Stream

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Exploring Solutions For Dealing With Food Waste: Blue Bag Organics

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To get ready for NYC’s push for mandatory recycling of organic materials, Great Forest has been exploring options that could work for NYC businesses that have little or no space to store organic waste, and where separate organics pick-ups are not feasible. One of the solutions we are testing uses Blue/Green bags from a company … Continue reading Exploring Solutions For Dealing With Food Waste: Blue Bag Organics

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Hello? Its Your Dumpster Calling.

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Very soon, your waste dumpster may be sending you daily messages and communicating with you more regularly than some people you know. It will tell you when it is empty, full, or if someone has just dumped an illegal load in the middle of the night. The technology to make your waste containers smart fits in … Continue reading Hello? Its Your Dumpster Calling.

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“Recycling” A Gym Through Skillful Matchmaking

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What do you do with a gym-full of fitness equipment that is no longer needed? Vornado/Charles E. Smith recently found the perfect solution when they renovated the fitness center at Commerce Metro Center in Reston, VA.  They donated their old equipment to The Loading Dock, a nonprofit building materials reuse center in Baltimore that works to increase the supply and use of … Continue reading “Recycling” A Gym Through Skillful Matchmaking

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Property Managers Come Together For School Supplies Drive

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This post is from Great Forest consultant Christine McCoy in the D.C. region.                         Great Forest participated in a recent Apartment and Office Building Association’s (AOBA) school supplies drive by coordinating a donation from our friends at SCRAP DC, a local reuse organization. SCRAP DC … Continue reading Property Managers Come Together For School Supplies Drive

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