Arrowaste, Inc. Predicts it Will Divert Six Million Pounds of Food Waste From Landfills to Compost Facilities By 2016

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Full service waste and recycling company has diverted six million pounds of food waste from landfills to compost facilities from a sustainability service offered to customers.

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We’re happy to be able to offer this service to our customers to help them reach their waste diversion and sustainability goals.

Throughout 2015, residential and commercial waste removal and recycling company Arrowaste Inc., expects its separate Sustainability Division and service, New Soil, Inc. to successfully divert approximately six million pounds of food waste from landfills into compost facilities by the end of this year.

After an increase in demand for this type of service, especially from businesses such as restaurants, by clients who were interested in increasing their landfill diversion, Arrowaste Inc. wanted to make this option more widely available.

As a result, Arrowaste's New Soil, Inc. division will now pickup any food waste from businesses for transportation to compost facilities.

Along with reducing the waste taking up landfill space, composting also helps the environment by encouraging moisture retention. This reduces the amount of water required for plants to thrive, while simultaneously diminishing green house gas emissions produced by landfills.

Companies have shown excitement about diverting their food waste away from landfills for multiple reasons.

Besides just reducing their environmental impact, composting can set a business apart from competition and unrelated institutions alike, by being associated with the elite class of businesses that are going green.

With the recent increased focus on transparency, people are more worried about business practices. This waste disposal option can show a community that a business has good intentions.

For example, in Grand Rapids, MI, one of their biggest customers, Barfly Ventures, owns four popular bars in the area, including HopCat, Stella’s Lounge, McFadden’s and Grand Rapids Brewing Co.. Barfly ventures is leading the way in the sustainability and diversion movement through Arrowaste's services.

"BarFly Ventures works hard to divert up to 90% of our total waste stream though composting and recycling. We have four restaurants and breweries in the heart of our hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and we generate a ton of cardboard, recyclables, spent grain, and food waste everyday. Arrow and New Soil took the time to work with us to develop a custom waste diversion program, that allowed us to bundle all of our waste services with one locally owned and operated company. With their industrial compost facility, they are able to accept a large list of materials to be composted, including all of our compostable products. Most importantly, they make it possible for us to divert over 6,000 cubic yards of waste from ever entering a landfill or incinerator every year in Grand Rapids," stated Autumn Sands, Sustainability Manager of BarFly Ventures, LLC.

According to the U.S. compost council, an estimated 72% of the current waste stream is organic and can be composted. Arrowaste's leading initiative revolves around the goal of properly composting or recycling all trash produced, to ensure the longevity of landfills.

“We’re happy to be able to offer this service to our customers to help them reach their waste diversion and sustainability goals,” said General Manager Russell Boersma.

Data compiled from waste diverted since January 2015 indicates that Arrowaste will have have diverted up to 3,000 tons -- about six million pounds -- of food waste from landfills to compost facilities by January 2016.

This redirecting food waste process is the next big trend in the disposal industry.

Arrowaste is currently the only company in the area to offer commercial composting, and will assist businesses with creating a composting plan to reach their sustainability goals.

About Arrowaste, Inc.

Arrowaste is a full service, independent company servicing residential, industrial, and commercial services throughout southwest Michigan; they also offer temporary dumpsters. Arrowaste recycles, helping to reduce carbon footprints and preserve the environment. To learn more, visit http://www.arrowaste.com.

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