Coffee service company adds recycling collection bins

GreenDrop Recycling Stations placed at Farmer Brothers locations throughout Oregon.

May 27, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Coffee and food services provider Farmer Bros. Co., Torrance, California, has chosen GreenDrop recycling stations to collect recyclable and compostable waste from locations at which it operates. Farmer Brothers says its objective is to reach 100 percent landfill diversion by the year 2015.
The GreenDrop Recycling Station was designed in cooperation with the management of the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team and the Moda Center arena (formerly known as the Rose Garden), where the Trail Blazers play.
Pacific Cascade Corp., the Vancouver, Washington-based maker of GreenDrop bins, says the arena’s landfill diversion rate increased from 38 percent in 2007 to more than 90 percent in 2013, in part by replacing older garbage cans with GreenDrop Recycling Stations.
The company says GreenDrop Recycling Stations “reduce landfill contributions by enabling Farmer Brothers employees to easily self-sort recyclable and compostable items.”
Farmer Brothers says it evaluated its operations to discover ways to increase recycling, repurposing and composting. “Our goal is to have zero waste bound for landfills by the end of 2015 through smart practices and innovation,” says Sarah Beaubien, director of sustainability for Farmer Brothers. “We evaluated other containers [and] GreenDrop was the best option for our recycling needs.”
Adds Patrick Mitchell, director of operations for Farmer Brothers, “The GreenDrop Recycling Station and process innovations developed by our team help us progress toward zero landfill-bound waste and will help us meet our goal by 2015.”
In addition to using GreenDrop Recycling Station, Farmer Brothers has developed programs to divert an estimated 1.5 million pounds of packaging machine scrap from landfills each year. Farmer Brothers receives more than 500,000 pounds of fiber bags per year used for shipping green coffee. The bags are now being repurposed for weed control in reclamation projects, tools for local farmers harvesting fruits and vegetables and as bag-and-burlap for tree plantings.
Lyle Peters, Pacific Cascade Corp.’s director of sales for GreenDrop Stations, comments, “We are happy to be included in Farmer Brothers’ impressive goal of zero landfill waste. GreenDrop Recycling Stations are a perfect fit with their innovative programs, and the Pacific Cascade team is proud to help them meet their goal.”
Trevor Kitchen, a major accounts manager for Waste Management Inc., which handles Farmer Brothers' hauling, says, “Farmer Brothers is genuinely committed to waste reduction. They are actively working to increase recycling, composting and looking for new opportunities to reduce waste. Waste Management is proud to be partnering with Farmer Brothers, and we look forward to continued success and helping them reach zero landfill waste.”