NOSTRA Waste Recycling Estimate:
The Virginia Excellence Program (VEEP) was established to encourage superior environmental performance. NOSTRA is committed to being proactive in environmental management, compliant with eco-friendly requirements, and a continuous improvement in its conservation. The Virginia Environmental Excellence Program was established in 2000 and since 2002, NOSTRA has been identified for excellence by managing our waste through reducing, re-using and recycling. We have substantially reduced the waste our facility sends to landfills!
One Waste-equip 8 cubic yard container is emptied every week. Using Recycle Mania, corrugated cardboard is an estimated 100 pounds per cubic yard. 800 pounds of cardboard per week multiplied by 52 equals 41,600 pounds recycled per year.
Office Paper Recycling:
One Ameri-kart 95 gallon container is emptied every two weeks. One Ameri-kart 95 gallon container is equal to roughly half a cubic yard. Using Recycle Mania, office paper weighs approximately 568 pounds per cubic yard. 284 pounds of office paper multiplied by 26 equals 7, 384 pounds recycled per year.
Three Ameri-kart 95 gallon containers are emptied every two weeks. One Ameri-kart 95 gallon container is equal to roughly half a cubic yard. Using Recycle Mania, Commingled cans, glass and plastic bottles weighs approximately 200 pounds per cubic yard. 300 pounds of commingled products multiplied by 26 equals 7,800 pounds recycled per year.
Innovative Plastics Recycling:
The command has instituted an innovative plastics recycling program. As a result of this new program, approximately fifty 5-gallon poly pails per week (100 pounds total) are recycled in addition to approximately 400 pounds of polycarbonate shavings per week and 20 pounds of shrink wrap per week for annual diversion of over 27,000 pounds of glasses-manufacturing byproducts per year.
Optical Lens Paper Recycling:
Fifteen Ameri-kart 95 gallon containers are emptied every two weeks. One Ameri-kart 95 gallon container is equal to roughly half a cubic yard. Using Recycle Mania, Mixed paper weighs approximately 484 pounds per cubic yard. 3,630 pounds of mixed paper multiplied by 26 equals 94,380 pounds recycled per year.
Universal Waste Recycling:
Universal waste lamps have been successfully removed from landfill with the use of Waste Management Lamp Tracker. Approximately 84 pounds of universal waste lamps are recycled per year.
Pallets are quarterly recycled by a local vendor. Using Recycle Mania, pallets weigh between 33 to 48 pounds. Using the median of 41 pounds multiplied by 300 pallets per year equals 12,300 pounds recycled per year.
Water Bottle Filling Stations:
Water bottle filling stations have been added to all water fountains within the command. The “Green Ticker” visual user interface provides the number of bottles saved from landfill. During the first month of installation (May 2014) nearly 2,200 water bottles were filled.