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  • How do you increase recycling and lower costs? By making recycling simple and convenient… at least that is the idea behind single-stream recycling’s popularity.  But the reality is more complicated. The number of communities and cities using single-stream recycling has reportedly increased from 20 to 64 percent between 2005 and 2010.  New York City is the latest  to announce that … Continue readin...

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  • After a year of collaboration among architects and New York waste professionals (including Great Forest), AIANY/Center for Architecture has launched their Zero Waste Design Guidelines to encourage building design that facilitates recycling and waste diversion. The guidelines also includes a handy waste calculator to help property managers calculate value of diversion. Designing For Optimal Waste A...

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  • Education and learning is a big part of what we do at Great Forest. This is part of the formula for success at every business we work with. Great Forest is currently at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston to learn more about the latest trends in the industry to keep you in the know. We’ll share what we … Continue reading Events: Expert Panel At The USGBC; Greenbuild 2017 → The post Events: Expert Panel At...

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  • Great Forest President Richard Fuller is Co-Chair of The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, a landmark report that details, for the first time, the deadly toll and price tag of global pollution.  The findings of the report are shocking — pollution costs $4.6 trillion in economic damages and kills over 9 million people a year. … Continue reading Open Letter To The World: What We Do Next Mat...

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  • Great Forest President Richard Fuller, in his capacity as President of the nonprofit Pure Earth, joined former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, former President of Mexico Carlos Salinas, and other leaders and experts on October 23 for the launch of The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. The landmark report, with its shocking revelations about global pollution, has made the … Continue readi...

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  • It is one of NYC’s most talked-about new developments with over 750,000 sq. ft of mixed-use commercial/industrial space. Following a waste audit investigation, Great Forest identified key problems with the waste and recycling program at one of its buildings. This flaw was preventing the building from operating efficiently, and costing it dearly. Not only was it paying far too much … Continue readi...

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  •   Last month, Washington, D.C. became the first city in the world to receive a LEED for Cities Platinum leadership certification, the highest award bestowed upon cities by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). D.C. has 120 LEED-certified projects, with 29.04 square feet of LEED space per resident, far ahead of the top LEED state, … Continue reading Insight: Why Is D.C. Tops In LEED? → The post ...

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  • The cost of waste removal has been on the rise over the past decade, and the trend seems to be continuing upward. One study predicts waste disposal services to increase at an “annualized rate of 2%.”  Not only are waste costs increasing, but many businesses are paying more than they need to.  Why? Because over 77% of what … Continue reading Move Towards Zero Waste In 3 Steps → The post Move Toward...

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  • Who’s Afraid of Zero Waste? Turns out, some businesses are. And this fear of committing to zero waste is holding them back from reaping the benefits. A lack of of clarity about what zero waste really means is part of the problem. So let’s start demystifying the process. What Is Zero Waste? Is it the … Continue reading What Is Zero Waste? And Why Are Some Businesses Afraid of it? → The post What Is...

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  • The Hotel Association of NYC is once again looking for leaders in sustainable hospitality. Past winners have become industry role models. Their success show that hotels can do it all and achieve their triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. Great Forest helped the HANYC develop the awards, now in its 4th year, and … Continue reading Deadline Aug. 30: Apply Now For The 2017 HANYC Sustainab...

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  • Great Forest recently helped a global consumer products brand uncover a breakdown in their waste and recycling program that kept its operation from running at optimum level. Our investigation also revealed a sizable revenue stream they were missing. All this was done with a comprehensive waste audit. Read the case study to learn more. The post Case Study: Waste Audits Uncover Sizable Revenue Strea...

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  • Great Forest recently joined over 1,200 attendees and nearly 80 exhibitors at NYC’s first Food Waste Fair to help businesses find effective solutions to this growing and costly waste problem. New York City spends a reported $180 million annually to send food waste to the landfill. Our key message: businesses have to rethink their waste. Why? Because … Continue reading Rethink Your Waste: 77% Of Tr...

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  • REBNY (Real Estate Board of New York) President John Banks recently reached out to the industry about New York City’s updated commercial waste and recycling laws, which began enforcement on August 1, 2017. As the city with the biggest concentration of commercial buildings in the country, boasting some of the most expensive office spaces in … Continue reading REBNY President Pinpoints Benefits Of R...

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  • Attention all NYC businesses. The warning period is over. Commercial waste and recycling law enforcement is underway. Are you ready? What should you do to be in compliance and avoid fines? Read our  Q&A On New Waste And Recycling Rules – What Should Businesses Do? Waste and Recycling: The updated commercial/business waste and recycling law began enforcement August 1, … Continue reading NYC Busines...

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  • Did you take part in Daylight Hour 2017? This year, Great Forest joined clients and more than 820 offices around the world, turning off the lights in about 100 million square feet of office space, saving enough energy to power 9,400 homes for a day! And we were rewarded for it too! Not just for our … Continue reading Awards: Great Forest Wins Daylight Hour Award For Best Monitoring And Analysis →...

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  • Great Forest attended the Waste Expo in New Orleans in May to discuss trends with industry experts and get a peek into new innovations in the field. The event drew over 12,000 participants and 620 exhibitors. Here is our quick summary: High Tech: We saw lots of high tech trucks and equipment, such as self-cleaning … Continue reading Insights From The WasteExpo – How Waste Management Trends May Aff...

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  • This could be the summer of reckoning. Americans just learned that the U.S. is turning its back on the Paris Agreement. With that at the back of our minds, Great Forest team members from across the country gathered recently in Pennsylvania to discuss issues, swap solutions, and learn from each other. We are happy to report that team members … Continue reading #WeAreStillIn: The Team That Will Make...

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  • NYC hotels are being fined.  Now help is on its way. Join us for the upcoming HANYC Waste Management Seminar on June 29, organized by the Hotel Association of NYC with support from Great Forest. The event was organized quickly in response to the increasingly stringent waste regulations that are affecting hotels and their bottom … Continue reading “Emergency” Waste Management Seminar To Help NYC Ho...

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  • The music will go on, at least for two baby grand pianos past their prime. The instruments came from the Grand Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Rather than disposing of the old pianos, the hotel worked with Great Forest to find new homes for them. While the pianos needed a refresh and repairs, … Continue reading Client Spotlight: Fairmont Hotel Keeps Two Baby Grand Pianos Out Of T...

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  • Great Forest will be in New Orleans for the WasteExpo, a key annual gathering of waste industry experts.  If you are attending, look for us.  We will be meeting with vendors and talking to industry insiders to keep you in the know about the latest solutions, trends, challenges, and news you can use. We will be sharing … Continue reading Reporting To You From The WasteExpo On Industry Trends, Insig...

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  • Read the press release See the case study for details After a successful pilot, Great Forest launched an innovative program in the Mid-Atlantic region to take waste management to the next level. Now we are proud to reveal the results. Working with Enevo, Great Forest has been able  to deliver waste and recycling solutions, including sensors and analytics … Continue reading Great Forest Works With ...

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  • Great Forest founder Richard Fuller’s nonprofit Pure Earth has partnered with supermodel Molly Bair and over 20 leading jewelry designers to curate a special collection of jewelry crafted using recycled, Fairtrade, or mercury-free gold for auction.   “Consumers have probably heard about ‘blood diamonds,’ but few know about gold’s connection with toxic mercury,” Richard told … Continue reading Maki...

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  • This  year, Earth Hour fell on a weekend! Nevertheless, we heard from clients around the country who went dark for at least an hour.  The action is a great reminder, as we approach Earth Day, that we all need to renew our commitment to sustainability.  The future of our communities, businesses and planet depend on it. Here … Continue reading Did You Go Dark For Earth Hour? → The post Did You Go Da...

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  • Accurate metrics is key to a successful waste and recycling program.  It helps you evaluate the effectiveness of your efforts, and determine if changes are needed. The numbers also inform your overall sustainability reporting and affect your goals. But what happens when those numbers are not correct? Many businesses and organizations simply accept the metrics … Continue reading Insight: Getting Mo...

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  • With regulations targeting organics on the rise nationwide, a new online resource backed by the USDA, EPA, and other partners, aims to gather relevant material together in one place to make it easier for businesses and organizations looking for information and help addressing food waste issues. Great Forest’s guide to new and emerging food waste technologies is … Continue reading “Further With Foo...

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  • Compliance Checklist – Your 4-Step Guide To Avoiding Fines

    No matter where your business is located across the country, staying on top of new and updated regulations is key to avoiding fines, which can add up. Take note of the date a law goes into effect, and the date at which enforcement starts. Give yourself enough time to get ready to be in compliance. Here’s your … Continue reading Compliance Checklist – Your 4-Step Guide To Avoiding Fines → The post ...

  • Regulation Alert: Fines Being Issued To NYC Businesses

    In NYC, inspectors are currently out in force issuing fines for non-compliance of the city’s new organics law, and gearing up to enforce updated waste and recycling rules in a few months. NYC hotels seem to be bearing the brunt of penalties issued as they are more likely to have food operations covered under the city’s … Continue reading Regulation Alert: Fines Being Issued To NYC Businesses → The...

  • Compliance Guide For NYC Hotels

    ORGANICS  New rules began enforcement Jan. 2017. Fines are being issued now. The new business organics rule applies to hotels and businesses with food and beverage operations. Law includes hotels over 150 rooms with any size back-of-house food preparation and delivered provisions. Law does NOT cover retailers if their end product destination is the consumer. For … Continue reading Compliance Guide...

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  • Here’s Your 5-Step Sustainability Checklist For Success In 2017. How Many Have You Completed?

    The beginning of whole new year is a great time to review your sustainability strategy, and set the tone for the months ahead. What should you do? 1) Check on new and upcoming regulations Ensure you are in compliance to avoid fines.  Make sure your staff and tenants are aware of the changes. NYC Alert: If … Continue reading Here’s Your 5-Step Sustainability Checklist For Success In 2017. How Many ...

  • NYC Businesses: Get Ready For New Rules

    Attention all NYC businesses. New waste and recycling regulations went into effect last year. We are now in the warning period. The warning period for the new organics rule just ended.  Enforcement begins Jan. 2017. Are you ready? Learn more:  Q&A On New Waste And Recycling Rules – What Should Businesses Do? Need help? Here is what … Continue reading NYC Businesses: Get Ready For New Rules → The p...

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  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS! – See What We Accomplished Together in 2016

    CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER GREAT YEAR 2016 has been such an eventful year. What did we all accomplish together? Below is a short list of highlights. Happy holidays from the entire Great Forest team. The EPA incorporated Great Forest’s volume to weight (VTW) data into its updated industry standard for calculating waste and recycling weights from volume. For the first … Continue reading HAPPY HOLIDA...

  • EPA Incorporates Great Forest’s Metric Into Updated Industry Standard

    The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) recently incorporated Great Forest’s volume to weight (VTW) data into their updated industry standard for calculating waste and recycling weights from volume. These conversions can now be used across all industries to help standardize how waste and recycling is tracked. This is the first time an acceptable standard is available for calculating … Continue rea...

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  • The Power Of Standardized Recycling Stickers/Labels

    Have you seen our new recycling stickers?  They have been so popular that we have had to re-stock them already. And that is good news because these recycling bin stickers/labels have super powers… well, sort of. What can they do?  When they were introduced into Orlando Public Schools, recycling levels increased 90%  in the first school … Continue reading The Power Of Standardized Recycling Sticker...

  • Thinking Outside the (Debris) Box: How the Generous Act of Donation for Reuse Allows Hotels to Avoid the Landfill

    This post is by James Bernard in Great Forest’s San Francisco office. Recently, I was reminded of the three Rs of waste diversion—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—set to music by mellow musician Jack Johnson as a children’s song. Johnson’s deceptively simple “3 R song,” with the recurring line “we’ve got to learn to Reduce, Reuse Recycle” is a chant everyone should … Continue reading Thinking Outside the (D...

  • Making A Difference: Walk-Through Of Agbogbloshie E-Waste Dump Site Spreads Message About Safe Recycling

    Great Forest is a proud supporter of Pure Earth, a nonprofit that works to clean up some of the world’s worst polluted communities. Our blog features regular stories about their work is Making A Difference. Recycling is a great thing.  But it has to be done properly. When improperly processed, e-waste can pollute and poison communities.  This … Continue reading Making A Difference: Walk-Through ...

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