To maximize your impact, take advantage of your building’s recycling program. Remember, recycling not only conserves the earth’s resources, but helps to minimize our impact. Your building has a recycling program in place and provides assistance to help you comply with your obligation as a business to recycle under state and federal laws. Ask your Great Forest representative, building facility manager or sustainability officer for details and instructions on what to do.
In the U.S., as much as 3000 pounds of food is wasted every second. On average, organics comprise approximately 30% of the waste stream.
As organic material breaks down in the landfill, greenhouse gasses are released, contributing to climate change. By separating out these materials for processing, you can reduce the volume of trash filling up landfills, and additionally reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions.
Organic materials can be processed in a variety of ways, including:
Anaerobic digestion – the materials are broken down and gas is extracted to be used as a fuel source.
Composting – the materials are broken down at a composting facility to be made into garden fertilizer.
Aerobic digestion – microbes eat the material in an onsite vessel, turning the contents to liquid.
Materials accepted within the organics stream generally include all food waste and compostable cutlery and dining ware, with some exceptions regarding meat and bones. Your waste hauler will be able to provide more specific information on accepted contents.
Great Forest has capacity to track all waste metrics, including monthly tonnages of all waste streams. If you choose to implement an organics diversion program, all corresponding data will be available to you to track your progress over time, and for all reporting purposes.