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H.B. Fuller Company is a major American adhesives manufacturing company supplying industrial adhesives worldwide. The company has long received praise in ethical investment circles for such things as careful handling of toxic waste and the nature reserve built around its headquarters.   

 

Challenge

H.B. Fuller decided to take on the challenge of reducing the amount of materials leaving their facilities as trash. This waste reduction initiative began in 2016 when they first met with our recycling experts to identify opportunities for improved recycling and waste diversion, and continues today as they work to improve their organics recycling collection.

 

How We Helped

H.B. Fuller decided implementing an organics recycling program would significantly reduce the amount of material leaving their facilities as trash. Their next step was making sure they could make these improvements in a financially responsible way, so they worked with the recycling experts to complete the BizRecycling grant application and received bins, signs, certified compostable products, and bin liners all at no cost.

“This is a project we were very committed to and it was nice to learn we could start without spending a bunch of money,” commented Adam Senart, with Facilities Management who has led the recycling initiatives. H.B. Fuller then added organics recycling services with their waste hauler, and it was time to launch the program to their more than 500 employees across the two facilities.

 

Outcome

H.B. Fuller communicated the new program with their employees and began to ensure compostable materials were used and disposed of properly throughout their facilities. This program continues gaining traction, and they are already on track to divert over 20,000 pounds of compostable materials from the trash every year!

Senart has also noticed an improvement in the collection of single stream recyclables such as office paper, bottles, cans, and plastics. “We’re pleased with what we’ve been able to accomplish, but we also know this is an ongoing effort we can continue to improve on through the promotion and education of our organics recycling program.”

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