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Boutwells Landing is a senior living facility that provides residential communities, assisted living, transitional care and additional services.

Challenge

On average, Boutwells’ Culinary Services prepares 1,000 meals a day. Boutwells Landing wanted to find alternatives to throwing food scraps and unfinished meals into the trash. They reached out to BizRecycling for help finding better ways to manage their food waste.

How We Helped

BizRecycling’s Recycling Experts helped Boutwells connect with Barthold Farms.

Barthold Farms raises hogs and partners with local businesses and organizations to collect their food scraps to feed to the hogs. For a small charge, they provide 32-gallon containers with lids and wheels to collect food prep waste, plate waste, and unserved food. The containers are collected three times a week.

The collected food waste is dumped into a truck that cooks the leftovers into slop for the hogs. Barthold rinses and re-lines the barrels so that they can be reused and are ready for the next pick-up.

Outcome

The food waste collection has been very successful. Boutwells recycled over 80 tons of food waste via the Barthold Farm program in their first year of service. They also saved about $6,000 in trash hauling costs.

Boutwells also wanted to make it easier for residents to participate in the regular single-sort recycling program. A partnership with Stillwater Area High School (SAHS) created the SAHS Transition Program. Stillwater students pick up bagged recyclables from residents and bring the recycling down to the trash room for collection.

Each year, Boutwells Landing collects about 200 pounds of single-sort recycling per resident, per year. With the help of the SAHS Transition Program, Boutwells enjoys a high rate of participation and residents are pleased. 

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