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Abiding Savior Lutheran Church is a neighborhood church and preschool serving their local community.

Challenge

Abiding Savior Lutheran Church wanted to find ways to recycle better. They also wanted to find options for recycling their food waste. With a congregation of nearly 2,000 people, Abiding Savior Lutheran Church knew they could also help teach their congregants about environmental issues, but they needed help.

Committee Chair Sandra LaCroix reached out to BizRecycling’s Recycling Experts for assistance developing a plan to reduce waste, recycle better, and educate their congregation about recycling.

How We Helped

Our Recycling Experts visited Abiding Savior to learn about the church. They found many opportunities to improve recycling in the building. They recommended that Abiding Savior update their recycling bins and labels. They also recommended that the church switch from disposable to compostable dishes, and add an organics recycling program.

In order to get started, the Recycling Experts helped Abiding Savior apply for a BizRecycling Grant. The grant helped the church to purchase the new bins and signs they needed. Additionally, Abiding Savior was able to buy 6 months’ worth of compostable dishes.

The Recycling Experts helped Abiding Savior create an educational program for the congregation, including notices in the church bulletin and announcements at the beginning of church services.

Outcome

Thanks to their dedication to the improved recycling and organics collection program, Abiding Savior has drastically reduced their waste. They went from a two-yard trash dumpster which had to be emptied weekly, to rarely filling one 96-gallon trash cart.

Abiding Savior now diverts more than 19,000 pounds of waste every year, saving them approximately $1900 per year on their trash bill.

LaCroix says they are very proud of the entire congregation, but even more so with a Bible study group of elderly women who always take the extra time and effort to put the waste and recyclables in the right place.

Abiding Savior has enjoyed being able to educate their congregation on environmental issues. “We’ve had a lot of people ask about the program,” commented LaCroix. “It has been a great opportunity to teach the public.”

 

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