Recycling in the Small Business Sector - Ettenborough/Hall


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  • Encouraging personal connections, enriching the community, exhibiting environmental responsibility, and committed to giving customers the quality and service they deserve.
  • First Famer’s Market in Summer 2009, 1500 to 2000 attendees, Toyota visit
  • On receptacles in Mill #1, and given to each business to print off for their receptacles
  • single stream recycling doubled 3 pickups per week of 10 yard dumpster,
  • Ability to have more storage for baled cardboard by using shrink-wrap
  • baler installation costs – electrical, concrete slab, cover
  • (2pickup per week for 6 full 250 lb totes would be $668 per month - $45/ton +$50 per pickup)
  • Recycling in the Small Business Sector - Ettenborough/Hall

    1. 1. Recycling in the Small Business Sector Molly Ettenborough & David Hall April 6, 2010
    2. 2. New Recycling and Trash Contract started January 2009 <ul><li>Single Stream recycling started Jan 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>64 Gallon carts were delivered to every household and businesses in the downtown area are also eligible for 1 cart and pick-up. </li></ul><ul><li>Trash gets picked up once a week and recycling every two weeks. In the summer, businesses get every Friday pick-up. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Policies <ul><li>Recycling is mandatory. Enforcement is key. Our new solid waste vendor, G. Mello, will not pick up visible recyclables. </li></ul><ul><li>Banned items are also enforced and there is monthly drop off for residents and businesses </li></ul>
    4. 4. Newburyport <ul><li>Our recycling rate increased by 15% in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Solid Waste decreased by 19% </li></ul><ul><li>More to go business, public areas, and organic waste </li></ul><ul><li>Partnered with the Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Case Study The Tannery Mall along the Merrimack River </li></ul>
    5. 6. The Tannery Marketplace <ul><li>75,000 square feet of retail and office space </li></ul><ul><li>55 businesses </li></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>Solar panels - 400 150 watt BP photovoltaic panels that when installed was the largest privately owned solar array in NE, 60 kw, generates roughly $1200 per month in electricity </li></ul><ul><li>Green Building - rainwater collected to 3000 gallon cistern used for irrigation & radiant heat throughout, movement light sensors, photo sensor hand dryers, photo sensor bathroom sink faucets, passive solar with all south-facing windows, eco-stone pervious pavers, Brownfield’s site requiring $500,000 cleanup, saved a historic mill building </li></ul><ul><li>Local B20 Biodiesel Vehicles for last 5 years -Ford F350 biodiesel, Bobcat skid steer, Cat loader, VW Jetta TDI, VW Vanagon, 2005 London Taxi </li></ul><ul><li>Heliostats for melting snow, daylighting, delivering natural light to northside of the building, also planning a pig roast </li></ul>
    7. 10. Initial Research & Implementation Beginning May 2009 <ul><li>Created vision, mission, and goals to minimize waste stream </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce waste by more than 75%, by implementing single stream recycling and cardboard baling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce organics composting for food, landscaping, and hair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce compostable food service products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put cardboard baler online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Audited dumpsters and recycling receptacles (dumpster diving) </li></ul><ul><li>Identified primary waste generation for each business </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewed business owners to identify barriers & concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse array of businesses – different plan for different businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Necessitated a top down approach from each business owner </li></ul>
    8. 11. Before May 2009 <ul><li>2 Common Waste areas throughout Tannery </li></ul><ul><li>6 pickups per week of 10 yard trash dumpster </li></ul><ul><li>2 pickups per week of 8 yard cardboard dumpster </li></ul><ul><li>10 / 96 gallon separated recycling totes picked up every other Tuesday </li></ul><ul><li>Composting of 50 gallons per week of pre table scraps to local pig celebrities for 2 restaurants by David Hall’s biodiesel delivery service </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Waste Generation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Services/Offices/Retail: paper, cardboard, packaging, defective items, furniture, office furniture & equipment, food & food containers-plastic, metal, glass, bottles & cans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction & Vehicular Maintenance: inert materials, paving, concrete, building products, lubricants, tires, metals, chemicals, & batteries </li></ul></ul>
    9. 12. Farmer’s Market receptacles The Tannery Now 25 / 96 gallon totes purchased for $42 each 5 clear stream recyclers purchased for $50 each
    10. 13. Importance of Good Signage
    11. 14. Importance of Good Signage
    12. 15. Marathon 6030/4830HP Recycler Baler October 9, 2009 Marathon Recycler Baler went online – all tenants trained on proper baler using & signed an Accident Waiver & Release of Liability Form Cardboard Baling
    13. 16. The Tannery Today 50% Reduction in Waste <ul><ul><li>22 / 96 gallon totes picked up every other Tuesday </li></ul></ul>
    14. 17. 3 tons per mo @ $115 per ton = $4,140 per year Cardboard Bales
    15. 18. Big Dave & Romeo Food scrap composting managers for 2 restaurants
    16. 19. <ul><li>Costs Before May 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 1,258 monthly cost of 6 pickups per week of 10 yard trash dumpster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 135 monthly cost of 2 pickups per week of 8 yard cardboard dumpster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 0 monthly cost of 10 / 96 gallon recycling totes picked up every other week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 80 monthly labor cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>______________________________________________________________________________________________ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$1,473 direct monthly waste & recycling costs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Costs April 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 638 monthly cost of 3 pickups per week of 10 yard trash dumpster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 0 monthly cost of 22 / 96 gallon recycling totes picked up every other week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 75 monthly maintenance costs of baler </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 160 monthly labor costs for recycling totes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 240 monthly labor costs for baling cardboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 20 shrink-wrap for bales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>______________________________________________________________________ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 1,133 direct monthly waste & recycling costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-$ 345 March 2010 $115 per ton estimate for payment on baled cardboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>______________________________________________________________________________________________ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 788 direct monthly waste & recycling costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Savings of $685/mo = $8,220/yr </li></ul></ul>Waste & Recycling Costs
    17. 20. $ 1,230 25 / 96 gallon totes $ 288 5 clear stream recyclers $ 8,000 baler $ 4,000 baler installation costs $ 2,000 consultant $ 1,000 signage ______________________________________ $16,518 2 yr payback Set-Up Costs
    18. 21. <ul><li>Continuous auditing, communication, and positive feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses don’t have space or time for 2 separate receptacles </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of use and Education, Education, Education </li></ul><ul><li>Cost-prohibitive to divert food waste to commercial compost facility </li></ul><ul><li>One small step at a time elicits measurable and permanent results over time </li></ul><ul><li>Include the plan in all tenant leases. </li></ul>Lessons Learned
    19. 22. The Tannery Future - A Work in Progress <ul><li>Reduce & Divert food waste & recycling at least another 25% for a total reduction of at least 75% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Further improvements to signage. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand food composting with pigs or Earth Tub ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pursue compostable packaging and food service flatware. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore baling of aluminum & plastic </li></ul></ul>
    20. 23. Come Visit Us The City Of Newburyport The Tannery Marketplace 50 Water Street Newburyport, MA