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Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium: Companies overcome business sustainability challenges, implement recycling and reuse programs that reduce waste going to landfills

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The good news is that companies have found inexpensive but effective techniques for keeping waste out of landfills.

Return on investment (ROI) is still a large obstacle to implementing waste reduction processes in the workplace, a recent survey by Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium finds. More than half of the companies in the survey cited “ROI constraints” as a key challenge to making company processes sustainable (view chart).

    But these businesses are rising to the challenge by establishing low-cost, workforce sustainability efforts at the grassroots level, according to the Consortium’s new survey report Waste and Recycling Sustainability: Ideas for Reducing Your Company’s Impact on the Environment.

“We’ve said before that sustainability is not always about being earth friendly; many times these green initiatives also need to be wallet friendly,” says Bruce Tompkins Executive Director of the Consortium and author of the report. “The good news is that companies have found inexpensive but effective techniques for keeping waste out of landfills.”

    A large percentage of the respondents from leading retail and manufacturing companies utilize the following waste recycling techniques in the workplace:

  •     Place clearly marked recycling collection bins in easily accessible areas (84%).
  •     Provide different types of containers for various types of waste to avoid mixing incompatible materials (68%).
  •     Ensure that every employee has a recycling bin at his/her desk (58%).
  •     Develop a company policy to recycle every possible material (51%).
  •     Provide reusable mugs, glassware, plate, and utensils for employee use in the cafeteria or break rooms (51%).

Other techniques used by companies to reduce office and equipment waste are shown in the table below.

For additional insights, download the full report ( or read the blog post Developing a Sustainable Business Culture of Sustainability (

To learn more about Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium, visit the website and choose the "new member" option. The Consortium also has a LinkedIn group and Xing group for companies that are interested in staying current on the latest in supply chain benchmarking and best practices.

About Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium
Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium is the premier source for supply chain benchmarking and best practices knowledge. With more than 400 participating retail, manufacturing and wholesale/distribution companies, the Consortium sponsors a comprehensive repository of 17,000-plus benchmarks complemented by search capabilities, online analysis tools, topic forums and peer networking for supply chain executives and practitioners. The Consortium is led by the needs of its membership and an Advisory Board that includes executives from Campbell Soup Company, Hallmark Cards, Hewlett Packard, Ingram Micro, Kraft Foods, Limited Brands, Miller-Coors, The Coca-Cola Company and Target. To learn more about how your company can become a member of the Supply Chain Consortium, contact John Foley, 919-855-5461 or visit


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