Wed, Mar 21, 2012 10:22 AM
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
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
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."