Alhambra, CA, January 06, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Recycling has become an important buzzword in today’s society. However, the Clean Air Council reports that 90% of trash is never recycled. The Lanyardstore.com, a lanyard printing and manufacturing company in Los Angeles, recycles all of the supplies they use in their facility.
The company recycles anything from plastic bottles to paper products. The Clean Air Council further reports that 90% of waste generated from the office is paper, 77% of which can be recycled. David Lee, co-owner of the company, says the key factor is discipline. “Recycling starts with organization. Everything we use in our warehouse, whether it’s for business or personal use, is thrown into a separate bin,” says Lee.
The Lanyardstore.com’s 40,000 sq. ft. factory would normally produce massive amount of waste as a byproduct of manufacturing various lanyards and lanyard products, such as custom lanyards, printed lanyards, and lanyards for school. However, the Lanyardstore.com has employed a system of collection bins to sort out waste from the factory and the office which can be recycled accordingly. Bins are placed conveniently along pathways and corridors; close enough to where the waste is discarded so the people will use them, but not so widespread that they affect safety requirements. “Initially it was very difficult to get everyone to throw trash away in the right bins,” says Lee, “but everyone finally learned just how important it was to recycle.” Lee adds, “We always include recycling information in our orientation for new employees.”
In addition to commercial production of custom lanyards, the company donates excess and overrun ID holders and badge holders to schools, churches and non-profit organizations in its “Million Lanyard Give” program. Any of these lanyards that need personalization are printed with excess ink.
The impact of Lanyardstore.com’s move to go 100% trash free might seem like a small decision, but statistics say otherwise. The Clean Air Council reports that one ton of paper from recycled pulp saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 7,000 gallons of water, 4,200 kilowatt hours (enough to heat your home for half year), 390 gallons of oil, and prevents 60 pounds of air pollutants.
Lee is hopeful that other companies will follow suit considering that going green is extremely cost-friendly. Moreover, recycling costs are lower than the costs to produce new products. He says, “Going completely trash free has saved the company about $1400 a year in trash collection costs.” Lauding employees’ participation, he adds, “Employees are taking personal responsibility and collecting a few extra bucks because of it. One person takes the trash to the recycling facility and earns $100. This, in a way, motivates them to recycle every little bit of trash.”
To learn more about recycling in your area, visit http://earth911.com/ or http://www.ourearth.org/recycling/directory.aspx. Any organization that is interested in participating in the “Million Lanyard Give” can sign up by visiting the www.lanyardstore.com