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Client Spotlight:
Fairmont Hotel Keeps Two Baby Grand Pianos Out Of The Landfill

The music will go on, at least for two baby grand pianos past their prime. The instruments came from the Grand Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Rather than disposing of the old pianos, the hotel worked with Great Forest to find new homes for them. While the pianos needed a refresh and repairs, … Continue reading Client Spotlight:
Fairmont Hotel Keeps Two Baby Grand Pianos Out Of The Landfill

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Client Spotlight:
Hotel Establishes Ongoing Partnership With Nonprofit To Avoid The Landfill

What do you do if you need to get rid of 100 gallons of furniture polish and clear out over 400 beds? While many businesses would simply pay to get the items hauled away, often to the landfill, the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco turned to a nonprofit it had worked with before. In September, we told … Continue reading Client Spotlight:
Hotel Establishes Ongoing Partnership With Nonprofit To Avoid The Landfill

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Thinking Outside the (Debris) Box: How the Generous Act of Donation for Reuse Allows Hotels to Avoid the Landfill

This post is by James Bernard in Great Forest’s San Francisco office. Recently, I was reminded of the three Rs of waste diversion—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—set to music by mellow musician Jack Johnson as a children’s song. Johnson’s deceptively simple “3 R song,” with the recurring line “we’ve got to learn to Reduce, Reuse Recycle” is a chant everyone should … Continue reading Thinking Outside the (Debris) Box: How the Generous Act of Donation for Reuse Allows Hotels to Avoid the Landfill

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Rethinking “Waste” Helps School, African Orphanage, Global Crisis Nonprofit

It is that time of the year again. Over the past few weeks, Great Forest has helped clients do a bit of spring cleaning.  But instead of treating the unwanted items as trash, we found them all new homes–in a school, an African orphanage, and an international nonprofit. This is part of our effort to “rethink waste” … Continue reading Rethinking “Waste” Helps School, African Orphanage, Global Crisis Nonprofit

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Innovative Nonprofit Turns Waste Stream Into Revenue Stream

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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When Hotels Redecorate, What Happens To Hundreds Of Old Items?

When hotels redecorate or upgrade, the question of what to do with old items like bulky furniture is multiplied by the number of rooms they have. What do you do with 200 bedding sets and coffee makers? Or 300 compendium boxes (those trays you find in hotel rooms to hold note pads, pens and keys)? Or … Continue reading When Hotels Redecorate, What Happens To Hundreds Of Old Items?

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“Recycling” A Gym Through Skillful Matchmaking

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

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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Spring Cleaning An Office Building With Community Forklift

It is hard enough to spring clean your basement at home.  Imagine trying to clear the basement of your office building! That is exactly what Great Forest helps clients do each spring. Recently, we were at First Potomac’s TenThreeTwenty property in Columbia, MD, sorting through items left in the basement and in tenant storage lockers. We found a … Continue reading Spring Cleaning An Office Building With Community Forklift

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Rescue Mission Helps Hotel Avoid The Landfill

It is all about making the connection. Usable items often go to the landfill because the connection is not made between those looking to dispose of items, and those in need. When the line of amenities usually provided to guests at the Surrey hotel was discontinued, the hotel was left with 25 boxes of products that were in perfectly usable condition. … Continue reading Rescue Mission Helps Hotel Avoid The Landfill

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Making the Connection: Furniture for the Duckworth School

It is all about making the connection. Each year, countless items of furniture (and other items) head to the landfill because the connection is not being made between those looking to unload perfectly usable furniture, and those looking for furniture. Last fall, while attending an Apartment and Office Building Association’s (AOBA) community service committee meeting, Great … Continue reading Making the Connection: Furniture for the Duckworth School

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Sustainable Solutions for Unwanted Assets

What do you do with hundreds of pieces of unwanted furniture? This was the challenge that Avalon Bay Communities Inc. faced recently when they decided to update the poolside furniture for their residential communities in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. They could have contracted a vendor to remove and landfill the furniture, but they were … Continue reading Sustainable Solutions for Unwanted Assets

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Recycling Warmth: Holiday Coat Drive

With the new year greeting us with a blast of extra cold weather, we were glad to have been able to help Twinbrook Partnership with a holiday coat drive in December for their community in Rockville, Maryland. Great Forest worked with Capital Asset Recovery, an R2 certified electronics recycling vendor, to provide 30 collection bins at 15 locations … Continue reading Recycling Warmth: Holiday Coat Drive

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Q&A: Our office has old furniture and computers we no longer need. Rather than throw them away, we’d like to donate them somewhere; can Great Forest help?

Q: Our office has old furniture and computers we no longer need. Rather than throw them away, we’d like to donate them somewhere; can Great Forest help? A: If you have office furniture, supplies or equipment that can be reused rather than disposed of, check the Donation Assistance page on the Great Forest website. It … Continue reading Q&A: Our office has old furniture and computers we no longer need. Rather than throw them away, we’d like to donate them somewhere; can Great Forest help?

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