America Recycles Day – Motivation to Divert

November 25, 2012

Shawn, Store Green Team Captian

On November 15th, Harmons celebrated America Recycles Day.  Previously mentioned on this blog, Harmons watches our diversion rate.  That’s the amount of recycling materials we are able to divert from a landfill to a recycling facility.  I wanted to share some numbers with you.

From January to August of this year, Harmons locations were able to divert over 4 million pounds of cardboard, plastic, aluminum, and paper.

Most of our stores participate in a compost program.  For the same time period listed above, those locations were able to divert 2.4 million pounds of compostable materials.

These numbers are huge and they are growing!  All of our stores have made great strides in being the best at Being Green.

There is a lot that you can do too.  If it’s available in your area and you aren’t already participating in a curbside recycling program, it’s easy to do.  In Salt Lake County, you can recycle at home the same way we do at Harmons.  It’s called comingle recycling.  That is when you are able to put all recyclable materials in to one container.  All of your plastic, paper, metal, and cardboard can go into large blue bins, similar to the large bins you use for your garbage.

For those of you in Washington County, there are many drop-off locations for you to take your recyclable materials to.  You will want to find an easy way to sort the recyclables and then drop off your recyclables to the drop off locations.  We even have them in our parking lot at the D.C. Center Harmons.

There are now many options on the market for composting containers.  In the past composting could be a dirty business—and a smelly one too.  Many of today’s composters are able to be closed up tight to prevent these kinds of problems and complaints.

You may not be able to track a diversion rate like we do at Harmons, but you will notice a marked change in where your waste is going.  At my house, we often fill up the blue recycling container but not the black garbage container.  This would be even truer if we composted.  Not only would our garbage can have hardly any waste in it, but our gardens would be full of valuable nutrients which would minimize or eliminate the need for fertilizers come this spring.

Think about what you can do to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Little changes can add up quickly to make a huge impact!