21st Recycling Awards - Business Category
Help MassRecycle select the winner of the 21st Annual Recycling Awards Business Category! Our Board of Directors has reviewed the nominees and selected the following finalists. Make sure your voice is heard and vote today! Voters can vote once per day! Come back each day to vote and read up on the latest updates about the 2016 R3 Recycling & Organics Conference & Trade Show.
Be sure to attend the 2016 R3 Conference on March 29th at the Boston Marriott Quincy to find out the winner of the Business Category, plus the winners of the other 21st Annual Recycling Awards categories.
Boston Red Sox
Continuously introducing and integrating innovative sustainability initiatives, the Boston Red Sox sought to increase its landfill waste diversion in 2015. The Red Sox had been separating food waste in Fenway’s three primary kitchens, but it expanded organics collection efforts into the Fenway Park suites. Through an extensive array of Waste Management's TRP customized services, the Boston Red Sox recovered an additional 31 tons of organic waste for compost. As a result of all the waste, recycling and organics efforts at Fenway Park in 2015, trash was reduced by 37 tons and single stream recycling increased by 41 tons. Overall, 398 tons of material were diverted from landfills, and 914 tons of waste were converted to energy. This conserved 1.5 million kW-hrs of electricity and avoided emissions of 843 metric tons of CO2, enough to power 145 homes for a year and equivalent to removing 177 cars off the road, respectively. With millions of devout fans visiting Fenway Park annually, the Boston Red Sox is exemplary with its continuous improvement and aggressive pursuit of sustainability goals, making this venue a champion of sustainability.
Headquartered in Lakeville-Middleboro, Ocean Spray® is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry and grapefruit farmers. The Middleboro manufacturing facility, with 175 employees and 650,000 square feet, has removed all organics from landfilling or incineration, including waste from cranberry harvest such as vines, chaff or bad fruit as well as organics collected during manufacturing. Organic waste is sent for reuse or composting to Double S Farm, Kingfisher Farm, Sylvan Nursery and Atypical Farm. In addition, the Middleboro plant has set the goal of being below 1% of waste generation for vegetative materials by January 2018 – a culture change that has resulted in increased recycling and overall waste reduction. In 2015, the plant produced 24.6 million pounds of waste and diverted over 97%. The plant reached this level of diversion through collaboration and many innovative and special efforts, such as minimizing transition points on the production line to keep fruit from falling out, maintaining separated collection sites for specific materials with color coding and instructions, purchasing roll-off containers to prevent contamination from other sites, and working closely with haulers and compost sites.
In 2015, Patriot Place doubled its landfill waste diversion as a result of expanding single stream recycling and implementing organics via Waste Management’s Total Recycle Program. The sustainability efforts in 2015 diverted a total of 640 tons of material from landfills and converted 845 tons of waste to energy. This conserved 1.4 million kW-hrs of electricity and avoided emissions of 333 metric tons of CO2, which is enough to power 131 homes for a full year and equivalent to removing 70 cars off the road, respectively. Additionally, Patriot Place reduced its waste by 330 tons and increased recycling by 166 tons. Patriot Place is a 1.3 million square foot shopping, dining and entertainment destination featuring a mix of retailers, entertainment venues, 16 dining establishments, a world-class medical facility and real estate for special events. Patriot Place's success was the result of twelve months of tenant meetings, planning, audits and more, and it remains as one of the only shopping centers to date in the state that separates food waste. This was all made possible due to outstanding support of Patriot Place Executive Management and tenant General Managers. With its commitment to waste, recycling and organics, Patriot Place has positioned itself as a leader in sustainable growth.
At Polar Beverages, recycling is in the DNA. On average, Polar recovers over 12.5MM gallons of water per year through the backwash recovery system. Polar also eliminated over 3MM gallons of water per year in several areas of the process including reducing conveyer lubrications through system redesign and converting bottle rinsers to use ionized air rather than water. Polar embraces new technology to conserve, such as new can filling technology that uses no compressed air. In 2014, an $875,000 project converted the warehouses, offices and production facility to LED lighting. Polar purchases 247,000kwh per month of electricity created by anaerobic digestion from Jordan Dairy Farms in Rutland, MA. Polar sorts and recycles all paper, corrugated, plastic, aluminum and wood and has reduced waste. Previously, trash was picked up twice a week but is now picked up twice a month all while the company has quadrupled in size. Polar also works with suppliers to reduce and reuse. Bottle labels come on a core comprised of densely packed fibers that are difficult to recycle. Polar spearheaded an initiative with the supplier to reuse these rolls. Plus, Polar worked with a supplier to redesign the carboys extending their life by 10 times and allowing Polar to get 20% more on a trailer, resulting in a reduction in transportation.