Imagine a world without landfills. It’s a beautiful dream and we hope to help make it a reality. We’ve successfully eliminated landfill waste from our facilities as of this Earth month (April 2010). There is a lovely empty space where our dumpster used to sit. Learn more about our journey to zero landfill waste.
Sending zero waste to landfill seemed impossible three years ago when we were just recycling paper, plastic, glass and aluminum. But, we’ve come along way in reducing our waste and finding another life for just about everything. In every corner of our office and plant, you’ll find a five or six-bin waste-sorting station.
Our favorite bin is the compost bin and it’s where we put the most. In fact, 300 tons of material has been composted rather than sent to landfill since March of 2008. We love it because it becomes rich soil that helps gardens grow. If we can’t compost or recycle something, it goes to a waste-to-energy facility, where it’s used instead of coal to run cement kilns. Then the ash is used to make cinder blocks. We think materials should have an extended life rather than sit in the ground or under the ocean.
- Burt’s Bees, "Zero Waste to Landfill," July 2010
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Reading something like this makes me happy. While so many companies pollute and waste without remorse, some companies do care.
While sending zero waste to landfills seems like a daunting and impossible task, Burt's Bees has proven it can be done. Hopefully more comapnies will follow in their footsteps.