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Waxie guides school to a sustainable waste diversion program
In a joint effort, EcoSafe national manager Jason Sanders, EcoSafe regional program manager Daniel Redick, and Waxie senior account consultant Jeff Kothe, worked alongside school staff to drive sustainability efforts at Beulah Payne TK-6 Elementary School in Inglewood, California. The partnership successfully eliminated waste through student education and streamlined waste management.
These efforts included a 'Free the Napkin' campaign in which designated staff, known as 'Eco Heroes', taught students to begin waste sorting efforts at the table. The Eco Heroes further ensured proper sorting by guiding students through the process at compost, recycling and landfill stations set up by Waxie and EcoSafe.
Sylvia Branch, principal of Beulah Payne says: "This partnership with EcoSafe and Waxie is extremely helpful with teaching our students to become more eco-friendly and be a part of the solution."
Waxie and EcoSafe also worked together to set up the indoor and outdoor eating areas with EcoStation collection stations with appropriate signage. In addition, they consulted the custodial staff to implement more efficient transportation of sorted waste from the eating areas to the school's dumpsters throughout the day. Beulah Payne Custodian Kenny Murphy says of the scheme: "The EcoSafe program has immediately reduced the amount of trips I was making to and from the dumpsters during lunchtime."
Prior to the program's launch, approximately 30 to 40 bags of single-stream waste were collected each day. Within a day of starting the program, that number was reduced to just two bags of landfill.
The program's success was a testament to Waxie's ongoing commitment to leading the promotion of responsible business practices and establishing partnerships to advance education and programs towards supporting a more sustainable region for all generations.
EcoSafe Zero Waste designs and implements cradle-to-cradle solutions for source separation of organics and recyclables with a focus on diverting organic waste from landfill to commercial compost facilities. Its mission is to educate, inform and document the performance of Zero Waste Businesses using scientific methods to help businesses and communities become more healthy and sustainable.
Waxie Sanitary Supply is America's largest family-owned distributor of sanitary maintenance supplies. It is an industry leader in the distribution of quality cleaning chemicals, equipment, disposables and accessories to the building service contractor, school, hospitality, healthcare, military, government, industrial and retail markets.
26th April 2018