In our Eugene, Ore., manufacturing facility, we work to reduce the total amount of waste that we create and send to the landfill. Currently, we divert about 60% of the waste we generate – meaning that instead of sending this waste to the landfill, we find ways to recycle, reuse, or compost it instead.
In 2020, that meant keeping over 445,000 pounds of waste out of the landfill!
These waste diversion efforts are accomplished in a few ways. For example, we partner with 15 different vendors who specialize in recycling items that typically prove to be challenging materials, such as batteries, Styrofoam, and ink cartridges. Additionally, we work with other local businesses to find re-use opportunities for excess shipping materials that we were unable to use but didn’t want to go to waste.
And, in 2020, we implemented programs for recycling single-use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items in our facility including hair nets, beard nets, and disposable masks. We estimate that this will help keep over 25,000 hairnets out of the landfill each year.