Water Container Recycle Problem Solved

Greenup, Kentucky, U.S.A., 2021-Jan-05 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Kentucky Pure Mineral Water comes in a 100% Biodegradable Container, so even if it DOESN’T get recycled properly, it won’t leave its mark on the earth forever the way typical plastic containers will.

Problem solved. Enough said!

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon!

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River Rock Water LLC
16387 State Route 7
Greenup Ky 41144


Defense Commissary Agency celebrates Earth Day by reducing its environmental footprint through recycling, food donations, and environmentally friendly products

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Earth Day rolls around the Defense Commissary Agency is working diligently to reduce its environmental footprint through recycling, food donations, and environmentally friendly products.

“Seven stores have achieved ‘net zero’ status,” said Robin Armhold, DeCA’s environmental engineer. “That means through organic material disposal contracts and other means the stores have virtually no waste.”

Net zero waste is a total systems effort that changes the way materials flow through an organization, ideally resulting in no waste. Instead of throwing waste away, stores divert it to a contractor who turns all organic waste into compost. The following stores have reached the mark: two stores in Washington, at McChord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis; the four stores in Hawaii, at Schofield Barracks, Hickam Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay and Naval Station Pearl Harbor; and the store at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

And DeCA is doing much more to help stores reduce their footprints.

In 2015, DeCA stores recycled almost 1,920 tons of plastic, more than 60,000 tons of cardboard and over 108 tons of paper. It has also composted or repurposed almost 6 million pounds of organic material, recycled over 5 million pounds of pallets and another 3 million pounds of things like fats, bones, kitchen grease, metal and wood.

So far, for 2015, records show about $1.8 million has been earned from recycling cardboard and plastic. The proceeds from the transactions go to the surcharge fund, which help to build new commissaries and renovate older stores.

But that’s not all.

Commissaries also donate edible but unsellable food to food banks around the country through their food bank donation program. To date there are 136 commissaries working with 123 foodbanks, and in 2015, almost 2.4 million pounds of food were donated.

“The edible but unsellable food is good, wholesome food,” said Armhold. “The food bank gets fruits and vegetables for their clients, which helps the community, and the commissary doesn’t have to send edible food to a landfill, which helps DeCA save significant money due to disposal cost avoidance.”

DeCA also makes it easy for its patrons to get involved with “green” purchasing. Customers can purchase organically grown fruits and vegetables, compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, high-efficiency laundry products, and environmentally friendly cleaning products. Customers can also find products with reduced packaging like paper towel and bathroom tissue without the cardboard tubes.

“We have a goal to eliminate waste because we spend millions of dollars every year on waste disposal,” Armhold said. “Reaching our goal requires a nonstop education process to ensure folks are doing all they can to keep all waste, including food, from landfills.”

Food banks interested in receiving edible but unsellable food from a commissary should contact their local store for information on how to apply.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

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Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

Starbucks York plant in Pennsylvania achieved its target of being a “100% Landfill Diversion” facility

SEATTLE, 2015-3-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of the largest coffee roasting plants in the world has achieved its target of being a “100% Landfill Diversion” facility, due to Starbucks partners (employees) who led the effort. The accomplishment, certified by Underwriters Laboratories, means that all of the waste produced on site is either recycled or reused and nothing is sent to landfills.

More than 400 Starbucks partners work in two buildings in York, Pennsylvania. Each covers about 450,000 square feet – one is the coffee roasting plant, the other is Starbucks largest distribution center.

“The facility was always proactive about recycling, but I realized that wasn’t good enough when I visited a company that supplied our packaging film in 2009 and saw that they weren’t sending any waste to a landfill,” said Denise Wills, senior sustainability and maintenance coordinator for Starbucks York plant. “We made it our mission to do the same at York.”

Wills created a spreadsheet to track where the waste streams were within the York facility, then systematically worked with vendors to recycle and reuse the waste. She tracked down, to the pound, how much waste was being sent to landfills. Behaviors changed, Wills said, when people were able to see how much was being diverted from different areas of the plant.

In 2012, York Partners pulled together and formed a recycling committee made up of partners from every department in the facility to accomplish the goal of recycling “every cup, every piece of plastic, every shred of cardboard – everything,” said Haskell Allen, director of Safety, Health and Environment for Starbucks Global Supply Chain.

The York team realized that finding local vendors who could use the recycled materials was the easier part of the plant-wide effort. The bigger challenge was changing recycling behaviors.

“Every site was doing some type of recycling, that’s nothing new,” Allen said. “What we did was track the waste and engage partners in creating the culture and discipline needed to push for our aggressive recycling goals.”

Starbucks York Roasting Plant received the UL certification for being a 100% Landfill Diversion facility in May of 2014. Since then, Starbucks partners in York have continued to find ways to recycle even the smallest items, such as ear plugs.

Transforming, Not Trashing

Starbucks® Stores around the world have also found creative ways to transform recyclable paper products.

One example is found at a Starbucks location in Bogota, Colombia’s bustling neighborhood of Chico Norte – home to international embassies, banks, and global businesses. Starbucks senior designer Hannelore Freer created a striking wall-to-ceiling installation, made with used napkins, cups, newspapers and packing boxes sourced from Starbucks stores in Santiago.

The installation, made up of more than 140 (12in x 24in) large diamond shaped tiles. The lightweight, sustainable tiles provide sound absorption and match the store’s color palette. Each tile is mounted to the wall and ceiling with the help of a strong magnet and rod, lending the installation a light, mobile feel.

“When we came across this material, I knew we could do something special with it” said Freer. “Each piece is light, airy and seems to float, reminding me of a coffee tree leaf blowing in a light harvest breeze.”

Working with the local Colombian government, Starbucks also helped introduce a recycling program that will increase environmental awareness in El Peñol, Guatapé community. With five new waste collection centers and a multi-tiered educational campaign on the importance of recycling, 1,160 people – from grade school students to educators and parents – and learning how to reduce their environmental impact.

Recycled Stores

In some cases, entire Starbucks® stores are made from recycled materials. Recognizing that its own supply chain relied on shipping containers to transport coffee and tea, Starbucks wanted to find a way to reconfigure containers near the end of their usable life spans into drive-thru stores. This innovative thinking has led to several 450 square foot stores, each made from four shipping containers, since 2012.

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Starbucks 2014 Global Responsibility Report


For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.


Starbucks York plant in Pennsylvania achieved its target of being a “100% Landfill Diversion” facility

Starbucks York plant in Pennsylvania achieved its target of being a “100% Landfill Diversion” facility

The Co-operative Food Goes Green with Roll Out of Recycled Plastic Shopping Baskets

The Co-operative Group have always been known for their industry leading approach to green initiatives, whether it is their Plan Bee campaign to save the bees or opposition to tar sands, The Co-operative has made a point to ensure they operate ethically.

The Co-operative Food Goes Green with Roll Out of Recycled Plastic Shopping Baskets

Now the humble shopping basket is the latest to benefit f r o m a more green approach with a new design made f r o m 100% recycled plastic that would have otherwise been sent to refuse sites and landfills.

The newly designed shopping basket had been tested in selected Co-operative Food stores and after a big thumbs up f r o m shoppers it is hoped that by the end of the year at 1,000 of The Co-operative’s stores that 95,400 new baskets will be used by shoppers which will help save roughly 66 tonnes of plastic f r o m being sent to the landfills or for incineration.

Sean Toal, Commercial Director at The Co-operative Food said, “We’re proud to be at the forefront of green product innovation.

“We’re sure our customers will welcome the new generation of shopping baskets, which, as well as being kinder to the environment, are much easier to carry.”

The new baskets are also benefitting f r o m a more ergonomically friendly shape that contours around the leg to make carrying a basket full of shopping a more comfortable experience and reducing the strain put on the wrist.

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