We have so many exciting updates to share!
Partnership with i2Recycle | Earlier this month we officially implemented a Zero Waste Materials Management Program at the South Carolina facility. This waste management program is a result of our recent partnership with i2Recycle, a commercial recycled waste management and consulting company, whose mission is to guide communities and companies toward best waste management practices. Mike Bennett, Owner/Founder of i2Recycle and overseer of all zero waste efforts in South Carolina, recently explained, “Be Green Packaging is making a big impact on the local communities’ perception of what is possible and responsible.”
Our goal is to be a 100 % waste-free manufacturing facility in South Carolina. We are in pursuit of the UL Landfill Waste Diversion Claim Validation. i2Recycle is actively training and educating Be Green Packaging employees about our zero waste efforts, and we expect to be one of the first waste-free manufacturers in the Low Country, if not all of South Carolina. Stay tuned!
Composting Program Success & Green Team In-Training | Our composting program is yet another on-site success story in South Carolina. Housed directly behind the Main House, the composting facilities (which include a worm farm and several composting bins) are equipped to handle all on-site food scraps and appropriate distribution waste. When we first introduced the composting program in our South Carolina manufacturing facility, we set out with the following goals in mind: educate ourselves and our customers, reduce our environmental footprint, and give back to the community. Today, our composting program is doing all of these things and so much more.
Be Green Packaging CEO Ron Blitzer attributes much of the composting program’s success to our employees, and specifically to the efforts of our Ridgeland facility Green Team in-training. Employee and staff participation is the key component to any successful food scrap collection program: “We’ve created a rewarding, simple process for food scrap disposal that educates and empowers our employees, which ultimately ensures the success of our composting program,” says Blitzer.
While i2Recycle oversees most of our current composting and waste auditing efforts, their scope of work includes working with and training our Ridgeland facility Green Team. Ultimately our Green Team will consist of an on-site team of Be Green employee experts tasked with the management and oversight of all waste auditing efforts, the composting program, as well as educating customers and employees about best waste management practices andwaste management efforts.
AIB Training in Ridgeland | One of the many ways we pursue the highest industrial manufacturing health and safety standards here at Be Green Packaging is through strategic partnerships. Be Green recently commissioned American Institute of Baking International (AIB) to conduct a site-wide audit and inspection of the Packaging and Distribution Facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina. AIB provides food safety inspections, audits, education, and research and technical services. The purpose of conducting this kind of audit is to assess the health and safety status of our facilities as well as our production and manufacturing processes.
Following completion of the on-site inspection and facility audit, we invited AIB back to South Carolina to deliver a health and safety training seminar. We brought together Be Green managers, employees, and staff and held the seminar on-site at our SC facility. The AIB Training in Ridgeland was a huge success. Our pursuit of partnerships with organizations like AIB International underscores our commitment to doing triple bottom line business; we allow ourselves to continuously improve and enable ourselves to continue to meet and exceed industry standards.