Recycling Business Success Stories
Waste Management Partners with Norwegian Cruise Line to Launch Innovative "Live Load" Service to Increase Recycling at Port of Miami
Southern Waste Systems/Sun Recycling
Southern Waste Systems/Sun Recycling is Florida's largest independent recycler of construction and demolition material. Our founders pioneered this industry having started refining our processes over 30 years ago.
In the past two years alone, we processed over 3 million cubic yards of material annually at an overall diversion rate of nearly 86%. Through ongoing R&D, along with upgrades and modifications to our process, our West Palm Beach facility is currently recycling over 92%.
With a focus on "Recycling for Zero Waste", our goal is to turn the highly recyclable materials we process into usable products that are turned put into the economy, saving valuable landfill space and preserving natural resources. Our process is a combination of mechanical technology and manual labor. Most are entry level jobs that through training programs turn into skilled labor positions such as mechanics, equipment operators and supervisors. We employ nearly 400 people. The economic impact of our facilities provide millions of dollars to the communities we serve and create valuable jobs.
Giving back to our community is a core value we hold at the highest regard. We partner with a variety of schools to assist them in fund raising while promoting recycling education. As one example, through the SWS "Recycling is an Art" program, we partner with public schools and Art Festivals by donating recycling bins and 10 and 20 Yard Construction containers to be used as canvases for local art students to paint recycling themed art. The finished products are displayed in the community. We then provide funding to the participants for art education programs in their schools.
The commitment on the part of our team led to Enterprise Florida honoring our company with the 2010 Governor's Business Diversification Award in the Green to Gold Category.
The "Green-to-Gold" is for Florida companies, universities or other organizations that through product or process best exemplifies 'green' leadership as it pertains to the state's goals to become a leader in this emerging field.
Nestlé Waters Sees Green with Recycling Focus
Nestlé Waters North America provides almost 800 jobs in Florida at its bottling facilities in Madison and Pasco counties, and in local offices statewide. In addition to its iconic bottled water brands like Zephyrhills® and Deer Park®, the company has earned a solid reputation as a leader in recycling. That's because more than 93 percent of non-product materials used in its two bottling facilities are sent to the recycling bin rather than the trash.
The company's impressive recycling rate is part of an overall waste-reduction strategy that included eliminating unnecessary materials from the production process, moving to multi-use shipping containers and, of most significance, changing employees' attitudes about recycling.
Nestlé Waters accomplished the latter by making it easy for workers to recycle, and much more difficult to throw items in the trash. In fact, the Zephyrhills facility even placed a lock on its dumpster. A manager's approval is now necessary to simply discard something as trash.
The benefits of reducing waste are obvious for the environment, but it also has yielded tremendous results for the plants' revenues – generating approximately $325,000 from recycled materials. In addition, it has greatly reduced the costs associated with trash pick-up. For example, in just one year, the company's Pasco County assessment for garbage dropped from $124,000 to $5,000, a significant savings for any company.
The results so far prove that the Nestlé Waters focus on recycling is paying dividends, but company officials aren't stopping there. Reducing the amount of plastic in the bottles, producing smaller caps and using recycled materials are all innovations that are underway now and expected to generate further savings in the future.
Advanced Disposal Partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers
Two very important dates happen in November. November 11 is Veterans Day, a day to thank those individuals who have fought for this great country. November 15 is National Recycling Day - a day also important to Advanced Disposal. Advanced Disposal is honored to partner with Cell Phones for Soldiers - an organization that gives back through recycling.
Cell Phones for Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) organization that collects old cell phones for recycling. The proceeds from the recycled phones are used to purchase prepaid calling cards, which are sent to soldiers overseas to communicate with their families back home. During the week of Veterans Day, Advanced Disposal teamed up with a handful of local communities by placing the Cell Phones for Soldiers donation bag inside the recycling containers of residential customers. The residents were encouraged to simply place an old, unwanted cell phone inside the envelope, seal it up, and leave it in their mailbox. Postage was prepaid, and there was no charge to participants. Each donated cell phone provided soldiers overseas with 60 minutes of prepaid service to connect with their families over the holidays.
Participating Advanced Disposal Residential Customers:
- Hoover, Alabama
- Camden County, Georgia
- St. Marys, Georgia
- Atlantic Beach, Florida
- Fernandina, Florida
- Woodstock, Georgia
- Harrison County Utility Authority, Mississippi
In addition to placing envelopes in customers' recycling containers, Advanced Disposal coordinated inner-office drop boxes at all area hauling locations. Advanced Disposal also coordinated with various businesses and organizations by providing envelopes and drop boxes for office employees who wished to get involved.
To date, Advanced Disposal has collected more than 1,800 cell phones, resulting in more than 108,000 minutes of talk-time for our soldiers!
Advanced Disposal Bag Ladies Help the Race to End Breast Cancer "Go Green"
Advanced Disposal collected and recycled more than 10,000 plastic bottles during the 26.2 with Donna Marathon, The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, which took place last February in Jacksonville and area beaches. Next month, Advanced Disposal will sponsor the event for the third year in a row by providing the garbage collection and recycling services.
At last year's race, Advanced Disposal's Beautiful Bag Ladies were at the post-race celebration area to help runners and spectators do their part in "Going Green". Beautiful Bag Ladies collected attendees' recyclables and taught them about the importance of recycling to keep our community beautiful.
"As part of our on-going program of community involvement and commitment to the environment, Advanced Disposal promotes recycling through our Bag Ladies program," said Mary O'Brien, chief marketing officer for Advanced Disposal. "Thanks to our Bag Ladies and recycling containers throughout the race course, more than 10,000 plastic bottles and cans collected will now be diverted from landfills and recycled properly."
These plastic bottles will be turned into thousands of yards of carpet and even fleece jackets, like the ones many of the runners wore to keep warm before the race.
With 10,000 runners expected at the 2011 event, Advanced Disposal hopes to recycle even more plastic bottles and aluminum cans!
About Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.
Advanced Disposal is the fourth largest privately-owned environmental services company in the United States providing integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services in the Southeastern United States. Advanced Disposal currently owns and operates commercial, industrial, and residential solid waste collection operations, municipal solid waste landfills, transfer stations, and recycling facilities. Advanced Disposal is dedicated to preserving the environment and ensuring that all operations are conducted in a manner that follows all local, state, and federal laws in regards to environmental protection. Advanced Disposal is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. and has operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. For more information regarding Advanced Disposal, please visit www.AdvancedDisposal.com.