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Farmer Bros. Co. has paired with GreenDrop Recycling Stations to handle the diversion of its recyclable and compostable waste from landfills in Oregon.

Farmer Brothers’ ultimate objective is to reach 100 percent landfill diversion by the year 2015, prolonging the lifecycle of resources while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The GreenDrop Recycling Station was designed through multi-year efforts of the Portland Trail Blazers head office and the newly named Moda Center. The arena’s landfill diversion rate increased from 38 percent in 2007 to over 90 percent in 2013, in part by replacing old-style garbage cans with GreenDrop Recycling Stations. GreenDrop Recycling Stations reduce landfill contributions by enabling Farmer Brothers employees to easily self-sort recyclable and compostable items.

In addition to the GreenDrop Recycling Stations diverting the composting and recycling waste streams, Farmer Brothers has developed programs to recycle an estimated 1,500,000 pounds of packaging machine waste from landfills each year. Farmer Brothers receives over 500,000 lbs. of fiber bags per year used for shipping green coffee. These bags are now being repurposed for weed control in reclamation projects, tools for local farmers harvesting fruits and vegetables, bag-and-burlap for tree plantings and much more. Most of these bags were once bound for landfills, but today there is a waiting list to extend the useful life of these bags. Another success has been taking at least 15,000 lbs. per month of chaff from their Portland facility left over from coffee processing and selling this material to companies producing natural fertilizers.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News