Let’s talk trash…
Since taking ownership over the coworking community, one of our first projects was shifting our refuse program to join a new city initiative called Clean Alleys Program with Recology, Waste Zero. To be honest, at first it was just a mandate from our property managers that drove our costs up 9x, but eventually it became a challenge to conserve resources and become missional about how and what we were disposing in our space.
In 2017, the only means of disposing anything was through garbage bins and one small recycling bin. With only 30-40 members at the time, we were still throwing away over 200 gallons of trash a week! Two weeks into ownership we initiated a stronger refuse program including compost and recycling while reducing the access/need to utilize garbage bins. By creating our 3-combo disposal stations to six areas, removing trash cans from every office, and cutting our paper towel usage, we have drastically cut our trash budget by 70%. This meant stronger focus on amenities and services for you! We also have implemented that all of our supplies and the supplies of our preferred catering partners be recyclable, reusable or compostable.
Two years have passed and the data is great to see that on average per week, we are composting 96 gallons or less, recycling 120 gallons or less, and throwing away 94 gallons or less with memberships of over 200 people! Starting today, we are also partnering with OpenWorks, a facilities management company, to provide cleaning and maintenance services to us 6 days/week! With a regular support team and green solutions, we are working to create a consistently clean and pleasing workplace!
You can say this blog post is a bit late on explaining the reasonings behind some of our decisions, but hopefully they aren’t all garbage (needed a pun there). Thank you for your patience and I hope you continue to partner with us to be more aware and intentional about what and how we dispose of things.
Check out these links for more information about our partners and initiatives.