By the Utah Recycling Alliance
INNOVATIVE PATH TO ZERO
Recognizes the organization or business that is actively moving towards zero waste and has taken an innovative approach in its waste diversion efforts.
WINNER: Wasteless Solutions
Wasteless Solutions may say they are just starting down the Zero Waste path, but they are already making serious in-roads with the food rescue program they started this past February. In less than one year of operating, they have established partnerships with 12 donors to provide food to people facing food insecurity. Self-described as the Uber for food waste, Wasteless Solutions’ volunteers collect food from donors who have edible food they would otherwise throw away. In about nine months, Wasteless Solutions has gone on 150 rescues and prevented 30,000 pounds of food from ending up in the landfill.
ZERO WASTE OR PRETTY DARN CLOSE
Recognizes the organization or business that has achieved a 90% or higher diversion rate.
WINNER: Utah PaperBox
Utah PaperBox has identified a commitment to being an environmentally friendly company as one of its six core values. Utah PaperBox is continually examining their practices for opportunities to reduce waste and has achieved LEED Gold Certification at their corporate headquarters. To reduce the impacts of its use, the company sources paper that supports sustainable forests. Utah PaperBox separates its waste into seven different categories and bail spent stamping foil to keep it out of the landfill. Unique in the industry, Utah PaperBox also reuses their printing plates. Currently, Utah PaperBox diverts 90% of all their waste, with a goal to achieve 95% diversion.
ZERO TO ZERO
Recognizes the organization or business that has made the most progress over the last year in reducing waste.
WINNER: The McGillis School
The McGillis School’s commitment to environmental stewardship is exemplified through their Sustainable Pathways program, with a purpose to create individuals committed and able to repair the world. The McGillis School is currently diverting over 30% of their waste by weight, including recycling markers, printer cartridges, batteries, glass, mixed recyclables, and the majority of their electronics. They have implemented a food waste composting program and organize a clean-out program focusing on reuse and recycling at the end of each year. Sustainability content is offered in multiple courses per grade, and The McGillis School holds at least two sustainability campaigns per year.