As the largest amusement park in New England, Six Flags New England recognizes the opportunity they have to make a positive impact on the environment. They have been committed to lowering the waste produced at their park and have made a conscience effort to do so for years. As a whole, Six Flags has done it’s share to be environmentally friendly, including converting multiple trains, trams and vehicles to run on vegetable oil and also implemented “Six Flags Unplugged,” an energy awareness program created to educate employees on conservation, to name a couple.
In 2000, the New England park partnered with USA Hauling & Recycling to improve their recycling capabilities. At the time, Six Flags New England was still using a “source separate” method for recyclables; a slow, costly, time consuming process of separating recyclable materials on site before sending out to recycling facilities. Over the 14 years that Six Flags New England has been partnered with USA Hauling & Recycling, they have been instrumental in making strides in their recycling process.
With technology advances that have been made in the recycling industry, USA Hauling & Recycling has been able to help implement Single Stream Recycling into their plan, allowing for recycling stations to be setup throughout the park. Strategically placing these recycling centers in the park allows for easy recycling for patrons, saves money and ultimately allows for more material to be recycled that would have ended up in landfill. Six Flags New England now recycles upwards of 145 tons of material per year, which is quite an accomplishment for a seasonal facility that operates only 7 months a year from April until the end of October.
Six Flags will continue to be a leader in employing new “green” practices and USA Hauling & Recycling will be there to keep the New England park on the cutting edge of waste management technology.
Over the years, some companies have placed an increased emphasis on being environmentally friendly. From choosing suppliers that take back packaging for reuse to reducing paper waste by making double-sided copies and emailing or posting information on an announcement board. Still, even with all the efforts they put into being mindful of their impact on the environment, they still eventually send some trash to the landfill. Is it possible to operate efficiently without filling up landfills?
On July 9, 2014 Carando Foodsof Springfield, MA and John Morrell Food Group were recognized by Smithfield Foods, Inc., the largest pork producer and processor in the United States, for doing just that. Carando is now creating zero waste that ends up in a landfill. Denis Punch, who works in human resources for Carando, spearheaded the plan on February 1, 2013. With the help of USA Hauling & Recycling, Carando is able to reuse or recycle 100% of material that would otherwise be filling up a landfill.
Punch, with the help of Chris Roscio and Mark Murren of USA Hauling & Recycling, created a plan that included all of the following environmentally friendly processes:
Since the start of using this program, Carando has been able to recycle 1,915 tons of material that would otherwise have been disposed of in a landfill. Not only has their efforts helped further their “green” operations, it also has saved the company $90,000 in disposal fees since the start of the program.
“It has been a great experience working with Carando Foods. They have dedicated all their efforts in really making a big difference to our environment,” said Roscio, “Their main goal was to make their company a complete landfill free work place and with USA Hauling’s expertise and Carando’s diligence – they succeeded.”