EPA Recognizes Max-R Among Nation's Leading Green Power Purchasers

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"Green" furnishings manufacturer, Max-R is now powered by 100 percent renewable energy through the EPA's Green Power Partnership. CO2 emissions avoided from the green power purchase are equivalent to taking 100 passenger vehicles off the road for a year.

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"We've got a great product that helps countless colleges & universities, municipalities and restaurant chains to effectively recycle. Since our founding we've reclaimed over 60 million milk jugs through our furnishings and we're just getting started."

Max-R, manufacturer of recycling bins and various site furnishings made of recycled plastic, announced today its purchase of 100 percent green power and its continued partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) Green Power Partnership. Max-R is purchasing 740,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually through renewable energy certificates (RECs), which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization's electricity use. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.

“This is a huge honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Mark Hammer, Executive Vice President of Max-R. “Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable and better stewards of the earth's resources. At Max-R we're all about recycling, from the conversations on our blog, to the products we make. Going to 100% renewable energy was the next logical step in our sustainability efforts and a sound business decision by itself.”

Max-R uses electricity from the national power grid and that has the same mix of energy as everybody else, and this mix has less than 2 percent from renewables. The difference is that by paying a bit more for RECs, Max-R ensures that the energy they use from the grid gets replaced back onto the grid with renewable energy, which makes the energy mix cleaner for everyone.

These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources. Green power purchases also support the development of new renewable energy generation sources nationwide.

According to the U.S. EPA, Max-R's green power purchase of 740,000 kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 100 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 60 average American homes annually.

"With its purchase of 100% green power, Max-R continues to demonstrate its commitment to environmentally-friendly business practices," said Blaine Collison, Director of EPA's Green Power Partnership. "We applaud Max-R for making this choice to reduce harmful air pollution and help advance the market for green power."

In addition to renewable energy, Max-R also employs a variety of other sustainability initiatives including a product take-back program, "Max-Reclaim" as well as the company’s Mission for 100 Million, an effort to reclaim 100 million milk jugs through their furnishings and to increase participation in recycling as a whole. "We've already got a great product that helps countless universities & community colleges, municipalities and restaurant chains to effectively recycle," said Hammer, "Since our company's founding we've reclaimed over 60 million milk jugs through our furnishings and we're just getting started."

Max-R manufactures waste & recycling bins, as well as benches, planters, message centers and a variety of site furnishings, all made of 97% pure recycled plastic – milk jugs. In fact, since the company’s founding in 1997 they’ve reclaimed over 63 million milk jugs in their furnishings. Max-R prides itself on offering tailored site furnishings available in several styles, sizes and up to 100 different color combinations. Customers can even incorporate their logo into the furnishings and tout their own green initiatives through a number of messaging options.

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