A few weeks ago, we decided to overhaul our recycling process in the office, which proved to be no small task. Our waste was piling up and out of control. Throughout the process we came to many realizations, but the most amazing part has been the daily discussions surrounding trash.
People now pause before tossing items in the trash.
Is this the right bin? Do we need more recycle bins? Can this be recycled? Why can’t it be recycled? Is this clean enough? Can this be composted? Why can’t it be composted?
It is this awareness that we, at Overland, are trying to bring to light. The little changes we make around the office transfer into our everyday lives. How we live day-to-day has a direct impact on the environment.
After taking in all we could from the Sustainability Plan, we still had looming questions. We made somewhat daily calls to ReCommunity, which is the City of San Antonio’s recycling center, to clear up the remaining grey areas in our recycling research. A few too many phone calls later, we came to a dead end. The only way to fully understand the process and importance of recycling was to visit the center in person. The good people at ReCommunity had a wealth of knowledge to impart, and we were eager to listen.
We took a field trip to their Visitor Center with a bag of questionable items that were brought we’d collected throughout week. Tim Tiemann, plant manager at ReCommunity in San Antonio, gave us the low-down on trash.
In this small video, Tim explains the machines, the processes, and the challenges.
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