Green in 2013: Salto Gives Back

You’ve probably noticed green is everywhere these days. Whether it’s in the news in the garden or in your closet the color green has become a bold statement. Here at Salto we dig the green thing…especially when it comes to recycling. We care so much we’d like to share our 2013 recycling report courtesy of Green Girl Recycling.

In 2013 we recycled 2,781 pounds.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Mixed Paper: 25 lbs.
  • Paperboard: 35 lbs.
  • Newspaper: 210 lbs.
  • Cardboard: 420 lbs.
  • Comingled containers: 285 lbs.
  • Aluminum: 10 lbs.
  • Compost: 1,796 lbs.

So what do these numbers mean? Oh, you mean besides the fact that recycling turns things into other things, which is like magic? Generally speaking recycling is a great way to keep trash out of landfills while making use of natural resources.

In our case, we recycled 2,781 pounds of material which helped save 144.29 galloons of oil, .46 cubic yards of landfill space, 9,733.5 gallons of water and diverted 1.39 tons of reusable raw materials from the waste stream. And that’s just in landfill space!

We also recycled 690 pounds of paper that helped save 5.87 trees, 1.04 tons of wood and 2,415 gallons of water that helped make more paper products. This conservation created a drastic influence due to the fact that recycled paper reduces the need for virgin raw materials because it requires less water and uses less energy.

So exactly how big is the environmental impact? By recycling 2,781 pounds of materials we saved 144.29 million BTUs of energy, or 1,202.43 gallons of gas, and prevented 1.39 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Through composting more than half our recycled goods and coffee grounds we prevented pollution, reduced water intake and enriched the earths soil.

Composted Coffee GroundsIt’s tough to pinpoint exactly how great an impact our 2013 recycling totals had on the planet, but what matters most is the inspiration. These numbers reflect an effort of teamwork, dedication and integrity. We are absolutely, 100% committed to giving back because we love our planet and when our staff is hustling to serve up coffee and mouth-watering breakfast sandwiches all we can really do is:

Keep Calm and Recycle On.

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