We had several instances where we had to overcome an issue to better our recycling opportunities. In Tabor City, there is no hauler that handles commercial recycling, and because Tabor City is not near any major cities, we had to work hard to locate a hauler for our single-stream recycling. The President of our company actually got involved and was able to find a company that we had to pay extra to come out to Tabor City to haul our single-stream recycling. That was a great victory!
Another change we made was to reuse office supplies. This was new to our office, but so easy to institute. We have an employee that oversees the office supplies, and she goes over the inventory in our "barely used" items before we purchase any new items. This has shown to be a great success in our offices already!
The biggest impact is the change we made in the break room. Our VP purchased plates, bowls, cups, and silverware to replace all of the Styrofoam that was being used. This has been the biggest eyeopener as well as several employees complimented the decision within the first day.
“As a packaging company we recognize the impact we can make on this planet by working to supply our customers with packaging fit for a circular economy. While this is noble, we cannot ignore what we are doing at home, so it was important for us to look at our processes and products and find avenues to divert waste from landfills. We are in a rural North Carolina town where some employees had never recycled before, so it’s been exciting to learn about recyclability and implement what we learn.” - Allison Scales, Vice President of Printing & Graphics