Stater Bros. honored for recycling efforts
San Bernardino, Calif. — Stater Bros. has been recognized as a 2010 WRAP (Waste Reduction Awards Program) Winner by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). Among the supermarket operator’s accomplishments: a “green waste” composting program that turns organic waste from its 167 locations into compost that is sold to area farmers
In total, Stater Bros. eliminated 141,489,966 lbs. of waste from landfills in 2009. The new composting program, removed over 27 million lbs. of waste from landfills in its eight months of operation in 2009. Other notable green programs include recycling cardboard (over 74 million lbs. in 2009), recycling sustainable rendering products (over 8.5 million lbs. in 2009), donating food to local food banks (over 3.8 million lbs. in 2009), and recycling plastic bags (over 2.8 million lbs. in 2009).
In addition, Stater’s weekly ad is printed on recycled paper, and the grocer participates in California’s Voluntary Demand Response Program to reduce energy consumption at store level when demand is high.
The CalRecycle Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) has been recognizing the environmentally friendly business strategies of California businesses since 1993.
Starbucks makes progress in cup recycling goal
Seattle — Starbucks Coffee Co. and International Paper, with Mississippi River Pulp, LLC, have completed a six-week pilot project that — for the first time — proved Starbucks used paper cups can be recycled into new paper cups. This advancement brings Starbucks one step closer to its goal of ensuring 100% of its cups are reusable or recyclable by 2015.
“This innovation represents an important milestone in our journey,” said Jim Hanna, Starbucks’ director of environmental impact. “We still have a lot of work to do to reach our 2015 goal, but we’re now in a much stronger position to build momentum across the recycling industry.
Starbucks currently has another recycling pilot project underway in New York. The company is collecting paper cups at 86 of its Manhattan stores to determine whether they can be recycled into bath tissue and paper towels. In early 2011, Starbucks plans to launch a new recycling pilot in Chicago, aiming to transform the company’s discarded paper cups into napkins for use in its stores. Over the past year, Starbucks has introduced front-of-store cup collection in Toronto and Seattle, where its cups can be recycled, and in San Francisco, where its cups can be composted.
Rose Paving ranked among Chicago’s Top 100 workplaces
Bridgeview, Ill. — Rose Paving Co., which provides complete parking-lot management solutions nationwide, has been named a Chicago Tribune Top Workplace for 2010 in the small-sized company category. One hundred companies, organizations, and agencies were honored at an awards ceremony on Nov. 9 hosted by the Chicago Tribune.
The awards, given for measured qualities including company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, and compensation & benefits were presented to Chicago-area companies for the very first time.
“At Rose Paving, we truly place an emphasis on workplace satisfaction, innovation, and flexibility. We have a “Great Place to Work Team” that strives to create a fun, engaging environment for our entire staff. At times like these, nothing is more important than a satisfied, productive team of employees. This, in turn, helps us to continue providing top-notch service to our clients,” stated Ed Campbell, president, Rose Paving.