According to Justin Swan, Organicycle’s Vice President of Development, the two hurdles facing Grand Rapids businesses with regard to becoming landfill free are education and resources – and Organicycle aims to offer both to local businesses and organizations in 2014.
Organicycle will promote its revamped Zero Waste Business Solutions program as a resource for local businesses, small and large, to help implement a modern waste stream that can repurpose their organic waste material. Organicycle’s service collection has been in place for many local businesses owners who have enjoyed diverting it away from landfills and incinerators, which Swan calls “20th century clog and smog.”
“The outdated linear waste model is impractical and only hurts the environment and our economy,” says Swan. “As pioneers of this industry in West Michigan, it is our responsibility to do more than just collect the material, we must educate the community about the benefits of a 21st century waste model.”
The new Zero Waste Businesses Solutions program features Organicycle’s already established curbside composting collection service, in addition to new consulting packages that can provide expert involvement for organizations seeking additional support to build their program and to meet their zero waste goals. According to Swan, the new program allows businesses and organization, of any size, to get the resources necessary to become a zero waste facility.
Some of Organicycle’s ZWBS consulting features include:
• EXPERT SUPPORT TO BUILD A COMPREHENSIVE ZERO WASTE STRATEGY
• WASTE OUTPUT TRACKING & REPORTING
• INNER-OFFICE MARKETING MATERIALS
• FLOOR-PLANS WITH EASY TO ACCESS WASTE STATIONS
• STAFF PRESENTATIONS
• ASSISTANCE WITH WASTE CONTRACTS
According to Swan, the benefits of Organicycle’s ZWBS consulting include “fewer staff hours dedicated to recreating the wheel that Organicycle has already developed.”
“Not every business has resources to hire a sustainability manager,” Swan said. “We offer four packages that accommodate any business in any situation for far less than hiring a full- or part-time staff person.”
Organicycle will also donate a percentage of proceeds the West Michigan Sustainable Business forum, which shares their commitment to promote business practices that demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility. The WMSBF is celebrating 20 years in 2014.
In 2013 Organicycle was named “101 Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies” and Justin Swan was recognized as a recipient of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty.