Waste Reduction An Easy Way to Minimize Operating Costs and Environmental Impact
It’s Just Good Business! • Helps to reduce raw material costs • Helps to increase profits • Protects the environment • Shows the community that your company is a good environmental steward
NC DEAO • NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach is a non-regulatory division of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. • DEAO is comprised of two sections: The Community & Business Assistance Section and the Environmental Assistance Center.
CBAS • DEAO’s Community & Business Assistance Section provides technical assistance and grant funding to promote recycling and waste reduction in the local government sector and fosters job creation and economic growth in the recycling business community.
Environmental Assistance Center • EAC was created in 2011 to help DENR regulated entities find answers to their permitting and compliance questions. The EAC offers free and confidential environmental sustainability assistance, including water and energy efficiency, recycling and composting. It also provides education opportunities to help promote the prevention of waste and pollution prevention.
ESI • The Environmental Stewardship Initiative assists industries, businesses, institutions and government agencies in reducing environmental impacts and recognizes those that maintain a strong commitment to sustainability. Free Training, technical assistance and networking are available to members.
ESI Partner Level • The Partner level is designed for adoption by a broad range of organizations that are interested in beginning the process of developing a systematic approach to improving their environmental performance. Partners must demonstrate a commitment to maintain compliance, commit to establishing an environmental management system and set environmental performance goals.
ESI Rising Steward Level • The Rising Steward level is designed for those organizations that have a mature EMS. Rising Environmental Stewards must demonstrate a mature EMS, set measurable environmental performance goals and demonstrate a commitment to go beyond compliance.
ESI Steward • The Steward level is for those organizations that already display a commitment to exemplary environmental performance beyond what is required by law. Environmental Stewards must demonstrate: a mature EMS; aggressive environmental performance goals; a commitment to meet and go beyond compliance; an EMS that is integrated into the core business functions; and a process of communicating with the local community about program activities and progress toward performance goals.
NC GreenTravel Initiative • NC GreenTravel Initiative recognizes travel oriented businesses for their environmental stewardship. Hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions and other travel-oriented businesses are awarded recognition on a three-tiered system based on their level of commitment to protecting the environment.
Recognized NC GreenTravel businesses are self-certified by filling in a score sheet that awards points for energy management, water conservation and waste reduction/recycling.
Recognized NC GreenTravel Businesses • Businesses recognized by the NC GreenTravel Initiative receive a certificate signed by the Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and a door decal denoting them as a recipient of the NC GreenTravel Recognition Award. They also receive free listings on the NC GreenTravel website.
Waste Reduction Partners is a working partnership with: Land-of-Sky Regional Council Triangle J Council of Governments NC DENR Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach
Waste Reduction Partners At-A-Glance Clients Services Waste Reduction Partners conducts on-site assessments and provides consulting services to businesses and public institutions throughout North Carolina. WRP hosts a statewide team of 65 retired engineers and scientists with more than 2,300 years of experience. They provide waste, water and energy reduction assessments and technical assistance to clients at no or reducedcost. The program focuses on pollution prevention, operating efficiency improvements and cost effectiveness. Businesses Non-Profits Manufacturing Schools Agriculture Local Governments Energy Efficiency Waste Reduction Water Efficiency Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance
WRP Client Profile Each $1 of program funding yields $3.52 in estimated savings 74% Implementation Rate for 2011 11% Schools 8% Commercial 39% Industry 16% Non-Profit 26% Local Governments
WRP Volunteers WRP utilizes retired and volunteer engineers and scientists. Engaging the “Baby Boomer” community resource – 2 million in 2025 in North Carolina Staff is highly respected by clients, “Speak the Business Language.” Over 2300 years of cumulative experience Staffing able to “stay with” clients through project implementation Provide a legacy of sustainable practices WRP Land-of-Sky Regional Council Asheville, North Carolina WRP Triangle J Council of Governments Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
WRP 2011 Accomplishments $10.3 Million- Value of Energy Projects Assisted 74%- Energy Project Implementation Rate 65,800 MMbtu- Client Energy Reduction 292 Sites- Visited in 56 Counties Recipient of the NC Sustainable Energy Association – Community Leadership Award for 2011
WRP Millennium Stats Since 2000 182,150 Hours- Technical Assistance 65- Assessors Statewide 943,650 MMbtu- Client Energy Reduction 1630 Sites- Visited Statewide 149 Million Metric Tons- CO2 Emissions Prevented
WRP Services for 2012 – Solid Waste and P2 Solid Waste and Recycling In partnership with NCDENR Div. of Environmental Assistance and Outreach, the WRP solid waste team helps businesses and organizations Improve recycling programs, identify markets for waste streams, develop pollution prevention strategies, and save money on waste disposal. Greening the Hospitality SectorBusinesses in the hospitality or tourism sector can take advantage of a suite of assessments to improve energy, water, solid waste, and recycling practices. Sponsored by the US EPA. NC Green TravelWRP assessors provide guidance and technical assistance to tourism related businesses seeking recognition under the NC DENR “NC Green Travel Program”.
Waste Reduction Assistance WRP Methodology • Every situation is different and interesting • Address the client’s stated need • Stay focused on the issues • Seek markets for by-products • Help the client achieve the goals set
On-Site Assessment • Offices/recordkeeping • Purchasing • Shipping and Receiving • Storage, Warehousing, Inventory • Service Department • Production Areas • Maintenance and Engineering • Housekeeping • Break Rooms and Cafeteria • Restrooms • Dumpsters and Disposal Areas
Case Study 1 – Industry Request to improve their recycling program Increase the signs for recycling Improve signage around photocopier with logo such as “cover your backside” Increase use of electronic documents Update computers to store more electronic documents Update computers where possible to increase their useful life Instigate policy to replace computers with energy efficient models Consider using shredded paper as packaging material in combination with Styrofoam peanuts Use electronic payment slips to place reminders to recycle Meet with other Green teams in the nearby community to establish community recycling when there are insufficient quantities from one site to bale to send to recycler Establish a Styrofoam collection site for the area Separate money obtained from can recycling and use it to reward recyclers in the form of cakes Send 4 mm cardboard cores to Sonoco Collect water from roofs to use in the Community Garden
Case Study 2 - HospitalRevitalizing a recycling program • Client’s request • Client said “We have a recycling program but it is not working” • Wanted a document to take to higher Management to obtain funding for • a recycling program • WRP recommendations • Label recycling containers • Increase the number of recycling containers • Use different colored bags for recycling • Form a Green Team • Appoint a Green Coordinator • Increase awareness through e-mail logo, TV monitors • Have a competition for a recycling logo • Use compostable dinnerware and cutlery in Staff and visitor cafeteria • Get Management on board by presenting the cost savings to recycle • Increase the purchase of green alternatives
Case Study 2 - Recommendations Provided them with a document outlining how to set up and operate their recycling program Identified potential savings 6 months later
Case Study 2 –Follow up • 9 months later • Green Team Formed • Promotions group in action • Management approved funding for • 90 x 23 gallon, recycling containers • Green bags for recycling • Replacing equipment with more energy efficient models • Found a recycling market for the blue wrap plastic • Have not yet tackled their food waste
Case Study 3 - HospitalityRequest to start a recycling program WRP Recommendations • Remove non-existent 30 yard roll off from billing. Savings of $780/year. • Place recycling containers in public areas. • Establish a guest room recycling program. • Minimize waste generated. • Dedicate one of the three 8 cubic yard dumpsters to mixed recyclables. An estimated 25% of the solid waste generated can be captured in a recycling program. • Establish a guest and staff awareness program • Address recycling cardboard and other materials. • Expand the recycling program to include neighboring businesses
Case Study 4 – IndustryRequest to reduce waste trimmings sent to landfill Identified potential savings 9 month follow up - Diverted 297 tons from landfill - Saved $15,894
Case Study 5 – HospitalityReduce the food waste in dumpsters • Reduce the amount of meat coming in. • Reduce the amount of meat that is being spoiled. • Vermicomposting of fruit and vegetables using red worms. • Investigate Foundations to obtain better equipment to turn the composting fruit and vegetables. • Apply for a permit for the composting of meat using a layered system with the help of Brian Rosa (DEAO). • Attend composting workshops.
Case Study 5 - Recommendations Identified potential savings
Resources for Food Waste RBAC Directory of Markets for Recyclable Materials: • Brooks Contractors Chatham Goldston NC email@example.com • Earth Farms LLC/ Stanley Environmental Solution Gaston Stanley NC firstname.lastname@example.org • Full Circle Recycle LLC Johnston Zebulon NC email@example.com • Gallins Family Farm Forsyth Winston Salem NCpeter@gallins.com
Marketing AssistanceRequest help to recycle one waste product • Case Study • Client generates 1 pallet of this waste/month • 65 pallets of waste stored in warehouse • Sends sample and MSDS to WRP • WRP finds a broker to take the waste • Result • 65 pallets of the waste were picked up by broker • Broker paid client $70/ton • 65 tons diverted from landfill • Future • 1 ton/month will be diverted from landfill
WRP Services – Initiate a Project On the WRP website: http://wastereductionpartners.org Click on initiate a project and complete a brief application Email WRP: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Call: 919-558-2702 (TJCOG) or 828-251-6622 (LOSRC)
WRP Current Funding Partners NC Department of Environmental Assistance and Outreach / NC DENRState Energy Office / NCDOCUSDA Rural Utility ServiceUS EPACherokee Preservation FoundationCity of Asheville – Water ResourcesProgress Energy CarolinasTown of BoonePrivate Contributions
Environmental Policy • Commitment to protecting the environment • Commitment to observing all environmental rules and regulations • Commitment to make continuous improvement to your environmental program. • Should be signed and dated by upper level management and prominently displayed.
Networking Tools • P2Assist Listserv • NC GreenTravel Listserv • NC GreenGov Listserv • JTR Listserv • Carolina Recycling Association Membership • Triangle Green Business Challenge
Material Marketing Tools • NC WasteTrader website – www.ncwastetrader.com/ • NC BiomassTrader website – www.ncbiomasstrader.com/ • NC Recycling Markets Directory – www.p2pays.org/dmrm/
Presenters – Contact Details Tom Rhodes - firstname.lastname@example.org (919-707-8140) Ernie Swanson - email@example.com (919-949-8753) Bev Fermor - firstname.lastname@example.org (919-597-0698)