From Waste 360: May 6, 2019 | Sarah Womer, Founder of Zero to Go & Sustainability Consultant at Great Forest Sarah saw a recycling problem in her hometown, which propelled her to take action, turning her biggest passion into a grassroots recycling business “Zero to Go”. Waste360 chats with Sarah about how she navigated through the … Continue reading Listen: Waste360s Nothing Wasted Podcast Talks To Great Forest’s Sarah Womer About Pedaling Her Way to Composting/Recycling Success
Attention all NYC businesses. The warning period is over. Commercial waste and recycling law enforcement is underway. Are you ready? What should you do to be in compliance and avoid fines? Read our Q&A On New Waste And Recycling Rules – What Should Businesses Do? Waste and Recycling: The updated commercial/business waste and recycling law began enforcement August 1, … Continue reading NYC Businesses: New Rules Being Enforced
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
America Recycles Day is November 15. While recycling should be a year-round activity, America Recycles Day is a great opportunity to put the spotlight on recycling to remind everyone about the importance of recycling, reuse, and reduction. Sadly, many recyclables never find their way to the recycling facility. As of 2013, the U.S. national recycling rate … Continue reading Your America Recycles Day Toolkit: 20 Tips and More
Have you seen our new recycling stickers? They have been so popular that we have had to re-stock them already. And that is good news because these standardized recycling bin stickers/labels have super powers… well, sort of. What can they do? When standardized labels were introduced into Orlando Public Schools, recycling levels increased 90% in the … Continue reading Success In Schools Prove The Power Of Standardized Recycling Labels
Aug, 2016— Our new recycling stickers have arrived! These new labels have been reported to increase recycling, and are part of what has been called the “#1 solution to fix recycling.” Great Forest is proud to be working with the nonprofit Recycle Across America to encourage the use of standardized recycling bin labels in order to … Continue reading Spotlight: Our New Standardized Labels Can Increase Recycling
Aug 2016 — Businesses in Arlington, VA, should be on the lookout for a notice from the County’s Department of Environmental Services, which details changes to the recycling code. Note that Arlington businesses may be inspected by the County for compliance. An inspection fee of $66 per business will be assessed by Arlington County. According to the … Continue reading Regulation Updates (Arlington, VA):
New Recycling Code, Businesses May Be Inspected
At this year’s Earth Day events, we put the focus on Zero Waste, encouraging everyone to reimagine waste, to: think of waste as simply a resource that is out of place. think of a waste stream as a value stream. Why? Because this is key to the idea of Zero Waste. The goal of a Zero Waste … Continue reading Trend: Zero Waste
A Tale Of Two Cities
(Update: Read the following 2018 article for added context: How The China Ban Is Affecting Your Waste and Recycling Costs, What To Do) Feb. 2016 Low oil prices, low commodity prices and the continued China import ban are the three main factors that are affecting waste service costs across the country right now. In the current market with … Continue reading The Economics Of Recycling: What Businesses Should Know and Do to Manage Costs
“We believe more zero waste professionals are needed in NYC. That is why we are sponsoring this course. We are looking for more partners to join us in leading the zero waste movement.” — Ross Guberman, CEO, Great Forest. Great Forest is proud to be a sponsor of the first ever Zero Waste Business Associate Training … Continue reading Great Forest Sponsors First Zero Waste Training Course. Register Today
Mid-Atlantic Program Launches To Transform Dumpsters Into High-Tech, Responsive Tools
After a successful pilot, Great Forest is launching an innovative program in the Mid-Atlantic region to take waste management to the next level. How? By transforming dumpsters into smart, high-tech, responsive tools using wireless remote sensors. Over 250 enevo sensors are currently being installed under the Great Forest program at properties managed by First Potomac Realty … Continue reading Industry Trends:
Mid-Atlantic Program Launches To Transform Dumpsters Into High-Tech, Responsive Tools
What did you do for America Recycles Day this year? For nearly twenty years, Americans have been coming together each November 15 to mark America Recycles Day. It is the one day dedicated to educating and motivating friends, family and colleagues about the importance and impact of recycling. Today, recycling has become such an integral … Continue reading Insight:
Is America Recycles Day Obsolete?
New York City has proposed new commercial recycling regulations to go into effect July 1, 2016. While there will likely be some changes as the proposed rule is written, commercial buildings can expect: Few major changes to their established recycling program Little impact to their building operations/businesses Great Forest has submitted feedback to the city … Continue reading Alert:
NYC’s Proposed New Commercial Recycling Regulations – What To Expect
Oct. 2015 Do we really still need one day set aside to promote recycling? Do we still need America Recycles Day? If you read John Tierney’s recent New York Times article “The Reign of Recycling” (and the enormous outcry that followed), you would know that the answer is yes. We still need America Recycles Day because there are … Continue reading Q&A: Brenda Pulley On America Recycles Day
Over the past week, the worlds of recycling and sustainability have been buzzing about John Tierney’s New York Times article “The Reign of Recycling.” Tierney’s piece, which restates an old argument he made in 1996 against recycling, prompted an outcry. In it he concludes: “… cities have been burying garbage for thousands of years, and it’s still … Continue reading The Reign Of Recycling Is NOT Over: A Roundup of Responses To John Tierney
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
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
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
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
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?
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.
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
Great Forest’s Amy Marpman recently spoke with City Limits about NYC’s current recycling system in a piece that explores the city’s single-stream recycling ambitions. There are many factors that can affect how well a recycling program is working. Single-stream recycling is more convenient for the average person and we know that making recycling easy to accomplish does work. … Continue reading Can Single-Stream Recycling Work in NYC?
A new Keep America Beautiful study produced in partnership with Great Forest, Action Research, and CBRE, and made possible by PepsiCo Recycling, helps to define some best practices for workplace recycling. Great Forest assisted with the waste audits for the study, provided typical office building waste profile data, and helped to confirm some of the findings. The study recommends several … Continue reading New Nationwide Study Reveals What Works in Workplace Recycling
This video from Business insider shows what happens to some of NYC’s glass, metal, and plastic at SIMS Municipal Recycling’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility.
Polystyrene (PS), commonly known by its brand name Styrofoam, and expanded polystyrene (EPS), often used for packaging, have bad reputations in recycling circles. They are often thought of as unrecyclable and destined for the landfill. Currently, it is common for PS and EPS not to be accepted for recycling in many communities, while bans have emerged across … Continue reading Waste Sleuth Investigates Polystyrene’s Bad Reputation
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
Did you know that you can use events and outreach activities you are planning for America Recycles Day (which falls on November 15) to earn extra LEED credit for your building? This “design yourself” Innovation in Operations (IO) credit is not assigned to any one LEED category. Instead, it allows you the freedom to present “new and creative solutions to … Continue reading Earn Extra LEED Credit For America Recycles Day?
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
Congratulations to JBG Companies on being recognized by Montgomery County for “Outstanding Achievement” in Recycling at 7200 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. Both tenants and management at the building are being commended for “implementing or improving their recycling, waste reduction or buying recycled programs and educational efforts.” Strong Management “This is an example of what a great … Continue reading JBG Companies Recognized for “Outstanding Achievement” in Recycling
Summer is festival time. Festivals mean plenty of disposable plates, cups, bottles, cans and utensils will be used. Unfortunately, festival organizers do not always have the resources to install a recycling program or insist that all vendors use biodegradable wares that can be placed in the trash. But a growing number of festivals around the … Continue reading Getting Festival-Goers to Recycle, With the Help of Sidewalk Chalk
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
Great Forest recently visited Metropolitan Recycling, a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Brooklyn to see this hauler’s recycling process in action. Over 15,000 tons of material are processed each month at Metropolitan‘s three facilities. We watched collected recyclables being fed onto a conveyor belt, where workers sorted and removed contaminants, preparing the materials to be … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Metropolitan Recycling MRF
This year, Great Forest held dozens of Earth Day events across the country to raise awareness about recycling and sustainability. We built a plastic bag monster display for two buildings in New Jersey. Among the events in NYC was an Earth Day fair at Time Warner Center, which attracted over 1500 people in one afternoon. … Continue reading Earth Day 2014 Roundup
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
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
Office workers at one NYC skyscraper certainly got the message about recycling this month. They could not miss the 10-foot-high display of used plastic bottles that greeted them in the lobby each day for a week as they arrived for work. The attention-getting display was created over three days and installed by Great Forest. [Related: Get … Continue reading Towering Display of Plastic Bottles Reminds Office Workers To Recycle
What happens when waste and recycling bins are moved away from the deskside to a centralized location? Great Forest recently conducted a trial to find out. Read our one-page case study to find out the percentage of recyclables that ended up in the trash from the centralized versus the deskside recycling system in our pilot. Our results … Continue reading Case Study: Centralized Vs. Traditional Deskside Recycling
On a recent field trip, Great Forest visited ShredX to find out what really happens to sensitive documents sent off-site for disposal. At its New Jersey location, ShredX operates one of the largest shredding machines in the region, capable of processing 800 tons of material a month. When Great Forest visited the operation, we were … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: ShredX
What To Look Out For When Dealing With Sensitive Documents
How Do You Know That Your E-Waste Is Being Properly Recycled? What happens to unwanted office computers and other electronics? While there are no federal regulations for electronic waste, there are many cities across the U.S. that have passed laws making it illegal to discard e-waste with regular trash. So how do you make sure … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Next Level Recycling – E-Waste
On April 18th, Great Forest recycling consultant Sandra Robishaw unveiled a giant cardboard structure, which she designed and built over ten hours with the help of her son Daniel. The attention-grabbing tower was installed in the lobby of 480 Washington Boulevard in Jersey City to make a big statement about recycling and waste – it … Continue reading Giant Cardboard Structure Makes Big Statement About Recycling, Again
We are always thinking of ways to influence behavior and make it intuitive for people to fully utilize the sustainability programs that exist where they work. In many cases, small, low-cost changes can produce big results. Here is one example of how Great Forest implemented a few small but calculated changes that worked wonders to … Continue reading Small Changes Produce Big Results with Composting
Hundreds of office workers at 575 Fifth Avenue were greeted with an unusual sight in the lobby of their building on November 15 – a paper “lake” constructed with over 164 bags of recyclables generated from the building. Great Forest worked with Cushman & Wakefield to … Continue reading America Recycles Day: Paper Lake Makes Big Statement About Recycling
Plan an educational event with Great Forest America Recycles Day is November 15th. It’s a great time to remind employees and tenants to make use of the recycling programs you have in place. “The most common reason people have for not recycling is that they don’t … Continue reading America Recycles Day Coming Up
Behind The Scenes: Locally Processed Waste Reveals Value of Corporate Recycling Programs (Five Star Carting)
You’ve heard of locally grown food. But how about locally processed waste? In early June, Great Forest accompanied clients on a tour of Five Star Carting’s recycling facility in New York and the Marcal paper factory in New Jersey. The visit offered a behind-the-scenes look at a “closed loop” recycling system, where NYC office … Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Locally Processed Waste Reveals Value of Corporate Recycling Programs (Five Star Carting)
AllianceBernstein recently held an environmental event at its offices at 1345 Avenue of the Americas to promote the firm’s sustainability programs. Anna Dengler and Nate Kimball of Great Forest were on hand to talk about energy efficiency and recycling. They also treated staffers to a recycling game — players had to select items from a … Continue reading Alliance Bernstein Hosts Environmental Event
Great Forest made a big statement about recycling and waste with this massive cardboard tower. The visually stunning display caught the eye of many tenants in the lobby of 480 Washington Boulevard. It illustrated in simple, visual terms the amount of waste generated from discarding cardboard trays used in many cafeterias. Anna Dengler, Great Forest’s … Continue reading Cardboard Tower Illustrates Height of Waste, Promotes Recycling
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?
To mark America Recycles Day, Great Forest has created a handy chart that follows the flow of your office waste, with reminders of what to do and what NOT to do.