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)

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