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Green Mountain College to adopt Power of Three zero-waste recycling program

Green Mountain College reaffirmed its commitment to being a leader in sustainability by joining Casella Waste Systems Power of Three closed loop recycling initiative. The Power of Three is Casella's newest solution for its customers who are intent on bringing a new meaning to the term "zero-waste."

The Power of Three is premised off of picking up a customer's recycling, processing that recycling into new products, and then providing those products back to the customer in the form of new hand towels, tissue paper and toiletry items. The Green Mountain College program redefines closed-loop recycling thanks to their partnership with Casella, SCA Paper, Foley Distributing and UGL Services.

With Zero-Sort, all of Green Mountain College's paper, plastic, glass, and metal will be combined together in one single container. Casella's Zero-Sort processing facility located in Rutland, mechanically sorts all of the material. Once sorted, the baled paper will travel just 45 miles more to the SCA plant in Glens Falls, New York to be made into 100% recycled paper content products that will then be delivered back to Green Mountain College by Foley Distributing and UGL Services.

Businesses that have converted over to Zero-Sort typically see a 20-40% or more improvement in their recycling efforts, which typically saves them money on disposal costs, time in sorting, and streamlines their collection processes internally.

"The words 'reuse' and 'recycle' are a big part of our vocabulary, and we're always looking for ways to make campus operations more sustainable," states Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn. "This project is a great demonstration of how non-profit institutions and for-profit companies can work together to create a greener economy."

Casella is very hopeful for the future of this program and the positive impact it will have on the environment and its customers. "One of our goals as a company is to help our customers ensure that as few resources as possible are wasted," said John Casella, Chairman and CEO of Casella. "We are intent in our mission of taking the things our customers do not want and transforming them back into things that they do. Our partnership with SCA paper and Foley Distributing allows us to do just that."

Tagged: Green Mountain College, The Power of Three, Zero-Sort