Success Stories

GOOGLE CAMPUS
City of Mountain View, CA

Google

Google employs over 20,000 employees at their Mountain View location. Their offices include large kitchens to accommodate meal prep for all employees.

Partnership 
Recology Mountain View’s Waste Zero Specialist worked with the sustainability team at Google to identify potential areas where the business could increase their recycling efforts. The goal was to increase compost and recycling participation in order to meet Google Green Initiatives and increase diversion.

Challenge
Google’s offices make up about 8% of all commercial business in the City of Mountain View – none of which had compost containers at the time.

SOLUTION
A waste audit revealed that most of their material was organic, and could be composted. Recology proposed introducing compost containers in all eating areas, outdoor event areas, and offices. We conducted educational opportunities for employees and kitchen staff, including presentations, signage, and Google Green staff training.

TODAY

Google now has more compost and recycling bins than they do trash bins – 31% of the materials generated today is compost, and 37% is recycling. Today, diversion is 68%, whereas in 2011 it was 37%.

WINDSOR HEIGHTS
SeaTac, WA

Windsor

Windsor Heights is a large multi-family property in SeaTac, Washington with a diverse population of residents.

Partnership
Recology CleanScapes worked together with the property management team at King County Housing Authority to ensure that residents had the proper containers to maximize diversion.  Our goal was to improve the percentage of waste diverted from the entire property.

Challenge
Upon working together, the property was using 10 garbage dumpsters, but just one recycling dumpster to serve the entire 324 unit site.

SOLUTION

  • The Zero Waste Team paired every garbage dumpster with a recycling dumpster to instill new behavior.
  • They also delivered recycling education flyers to each household that were translated based on the the language spoken in the household.
  • They provided educational opportunities for children in the neighborhood, including a visit to the Recology CleanScapes Material Recovery Facility and The Recology Store.

TODAY
Now, the property uses 9 garbage dumpsters and 11 recycling bins, which resulted in a 35% increase in waste diversion at the site. Because of these results, the property is interested in learning more about compost collection.

Government Partnership

PARTNERSHIPS HELP DRIVE DIVERSION

We’re always looking for like-minded municipalities to partner with. We serve cities and counties under franchise agreements and in open market areas, such as Portland. Every partnership is unique, as we tailor services depending on demographics and landscapes, working together to maximize resource recovery.

For many of our municipalities, we invest in infrastructure that supports material recovery operations. Oftentimes, implementing technology and infrastructure are how we help cities reach their long-term sustainability objectives. This means updating the facilities where we operate, and building new facilities as needed.

Want to learn more about bringing Recology to your area? Contact us.

South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA)
San Mateo County, CA

Since the start of service in 2011, our Recology San Mateo County Team performed over 4,800 waste audits. These outreach efforts helped achieve a 38.8% increase in recycling diversion and 34.9% increase in organics diversion. Most importantly, based upon the 2010 collected tonnage, Recology San Mateo County diverted 66,558 commercial tons from going to landfill.

The SBWMA includes the cities of Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, and San Mateo, the towns of Atherton and Hillsborough, County of San Mateo, North Fair Oaks, and West Bay Sanitary District.

Learn more about Recology San Mateo County.

Yuba-Sutter Regional Waste Management Authority
Yuba and Sutter County, CA

Recology and the six jurisdictions it serves in Yuba & Sutter Counties achieved a 70% diversion rate in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year.  Approximately 43% of the diverted material was organics, collected through Recology’s food scraps and yard trimmings collection program.

Learn more about Recology Yuba Sutter.