Carando Foods Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill Status

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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 Foods of 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.

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Denis Punch (center) of Carando Foods stands with Chris Roscio (right) and Mark Murren (left) of USA Hauling & Recycling holding the award presented by Smithfield Foods, Inc. for achieving zero waste to landfill status on July 9, 2014.

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.

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Denis Punch (left) of Carando Foods stands with Chris Roscio (right) of USA Hauling & Recycling holding the award presented by Smithfield Foods, Inc. for achieving zero waste to landfill status on July 9, 2014.

“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.”

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Award presented by Smithfield Foods, Inc. to Carando Foods for achieving zero waste to landfill status with the help of USA Hauling & Recycling on July 9, 2014.

 

Carando Foods – http://www.carando.com/
Smithfield Foods – http://www.smithfieldfoods.com/
John Morrell Food Group – http://www.johnmorrell.com/
USA Hauling & Recycling – http://www.usarecycle.com/

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History of the Garbage Man

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Today is National Garbage Collector Day! Celebrate by supporting all the workers who collect our trash, recyclables and other garbage!

 

The Beginning

As you can imagine, the world would be a disgusting place without the garbage man. For many years people burned waste, fed it to animals, buried it, and most commonly, tossed it over their shoulder. Some cities became buried, and built over the waste, and others pioneered new ways to save their cities from vermin and disease. Recycling began as a necessity and ended up in present day as a responsibility to the environment.

History of the Garbage Man
History of the Garbage Man

The most amazing thing about garbage collection is the fact that it was there in the beginning and it will be there in the end. It was part of the package deal when we hit this planet. Our consumerism in the United States only gets larger every day. This brief history summarizes some facts and fiction that helped keep our planet clean.

Earliest Garbage Regulation Efforts

3000 B.C. – The first landfill is developed when Knossos, Crete digs large holes for refuse. Garbage is dumped and filled with dirt at various levels.

2000 B.C. – China develops methods of Composting/Recycling, and recycling bronze for later use.

500 B.C. – Athens, Greece develops new law claiming garbage must be dumped at least one mile from the city.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF GARBAGE

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USA visits the Burlington Learning Academy

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USA visited the Burlington Learning Academy in Burlington, CT. The kids were outfitted in shirts designed in recycle theme with a USA logo. We spent time with them talking about the importance of recycling, let them sit in the truck and let them watch the truck in action.

Thanks to the Winsted division who made this possible. Jim Rockwell, Glen Dietlin and driver Brian.

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Hazardville Family Resource Center Receives $10,000 Gift from USA Hauling and Recycling

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ENFIELD (January 17, 2014) – USA Hauling and Recycling is generously donating $10,000 to the Hazardville Family Resource Center. The Hazardville Resource Center is the second Family Resource Center in Enfield to provide education and support to strengthen parents in their role as children’s first and most import teachers.

Investing in early childhood is one of the best, most cost-effective choices communities can make to benefit the economy and develop the workforce. Learning through play groups; support and training for family day-care providers; advocacy and referral services to other community resources; developmental screenings to identify delays and parent education and support groups are among the services provided by the Hazardville Family Resource Center.

USA Hauling and Recycling’s donation will fund the Learning through Play Group for the 2014-2015 school year. The monies received will provide four weekly educational parent and child groups for parents and caregivers. Children learn many school readiness skills including how to interact with peers, play appropriately, and follow routines. Parents are able to connect with other parents and increase their support network.   Amy Morales, Family Resource Center Coordinator, said, “Our Learning through Play Groups are a wonderful setting for young children and families to come together to learn and grow in these most important early years.  We are so grateful to USA Hauling and Recycling for this generous donation which will allow this group to continue to serve young children and families in our community.”   “USA Hauling & Recycling is very excited to support the Hazardville Family Resource Center. Children are the future of our community and the Family Resource Center provides local families with a tremendous amount of resources to prepare children for a successful and fulfilling future. We could not be happier to support the work of Family Resource Center”, said Frank M. Antonacci

Additional funds need to be raised, through community support, in order for the Hazardville Family Resource Center to continue the range of services they provide. Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $5,000 to $250 to accommodate every business’ community giving plan. In return, based on the level of support, businesses will receive valuable marketing opportunities.  The Hazardville Family Resource Center began in the fall of 2012 through the generous support of the LEGO Children’s Fund.

For more information about the Hazardville Family Resource Center or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please call Amy Morales, Enfield Family Resource Center Coordinator, at 860.253.4721.

 

Photo Caption:  From Left to Right:   Pamela Brown, Director of Social Services; Deidre Horan, Site Coordinator, Family Resource Center; Frank M. Antonacci, USA Hauling and Recycling; Erin Grimes, Family Liasion, Family Resource Center; Bonnie Mazzoli, Principal, Hazardville Memorial School and  Amy Morales, Family Resource Center Coordinator. Frank M. Antonacci presents $10,000 gift to support the Hazardville Family Resource Center.

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Welcome To Our New Web Site

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About 6 months ago it was decided a complete overhaul was needed of our web site. The goal was to create a website that was more representative of the company that we all pride ourselves in being. We hope that this website serves “You” the customer above all else with the level of service that you have come to expect from us over the last 40 years. Please take some time to explore the site, provide us some feedback, and maybe even pick up some recycling tips along the way!

Frank M Antonacci

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A Little More Green For Everybody

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Do you really know how to recycle with single stream?

You’ve probably been recycling for years. But do you know if you’re doing it right?

USA Hauling & Recycling, a recycling and waste removal company, was having a problem with contaminated recycling finding its way to the processing plant. To help customers understand the do’s and don’ts of single stream recycling, they turned to Geomatrix for help.

According to Geomatrix producer, James Chianese, “We spent a lot of time in our first meeting learning all that we didn’t know about recycling. After that, we strategized how we could help USA get their message out not only to their customers, but also to the rest of the community.” A short, animated info-graphic was proposed as a fun way to engage the audience while re-enforcing the messages. Geomatrix motion graphics artist Tom Coben got to work and the end result is ready for release on all social channels.

Watch the animation – you’ll be surprised at what you don’t know, and we promise it will be a fun way to spend the next 90 seconds.

Then, please recycle it – by sharing the link with your friends.

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