At Athens Services, we understand the importance of Zero Waste in creating a more sustainable environment. We are proud of the many businesses, organizations, and municipalities we service that have adopted Zero Waste goals and programs, and we are determined to continue educating the community.
Utilizing a Zero Waste system, homes, businesses and communities will first reduce the amount of materials created, thus saving natural resources, energy and water. The would-be waste material is then reused, recycled, or composted reducing the amount of discards to a landfill. A Zero Waste system is designed to safely return materials back to industry or soil without any ill effects to human, animal or planet health. We all live on a finite planet, and discarded material must be handled responsibly.
Many businesses have adopted Zero Waste goals and action plans, and we encourage researching and contacting businesses directly to better understand their process. At Athens, we have helped numerous businesses achieve their waste reduction goals, and we recommend these helpful tips:
On average, Americans spend one-third of their day at work. According to U.S. EPA, “the average office worker in the US uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. That’s four million tons of copy paper used annually.” We should be making environmentally conscious decisions at the office just like we do at home. At Athens Services, we recommend the following 10 tips to help reduce waste at your workplace while saving resources, money, and the environment!
Composting is the act of turning organic waste into beneficial soil amendment. It is the most ideal way to recycle your organic material and return it back to the earth, and it can be done in your own backyard! We also have our own state-of-the-art composting facility, American Organics.
The Importance of Composting
Composting helps to eliminate organics that are being sent to landfills, it provides a fantastic fertilizer for soil, and helps with water and nutrient retention. For a complete list of how composting benefits “growing success” and the environment, see the American Organics section of our site.
Did You Know…
Compostable organics and food waste fill up 30% of California landfills, contributing to 12 million tons annually? When these organics decompose, they create large quantities of Methane. Most landfills have a gas capture that can collect some, but not all of the Methane that is produced. Methane from landfills makes up 3% of all Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. In California, Law AB 32 sets a state goal to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.
To help reduce sending organics to landfills, we recommend engaging in a compost program. Athens Services has a food waste recycling program that many residential and business locations are able to utilize, depending on the city. Where food waste pickup is not available, we support at home composting to help reduce sending organics to landfills, and reducing GHG emissions in the process.
The following programs provide backyard and worm composting bins, workshops, and tips:
• Smart Gardening Program – LA County Public Works
• Backyard Composting – City of Los Angeles
Athens Services Food Waste Program
• For more information on the Athens Services Food Waste Program, see the section on our website.
• For details on our compost facility, American Organics, see the section on our website.