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Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop is an American diner located in historic Downtown Stillwater.


Cory Buettner, owner of Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop, has a long-term plan for environmental sustainability. This plan includes energy efficiency, renewable energy systems and waste reduction. They reached out to the Recycling Experts at BizRecycling for help.

“Even though we’re a 1950s-era malt shop, we need to be good environmental citizens of the 2010s,” said Buettner. “Our efforts toward sustainability will be positive for the environment and our finances.”

How We Helped

Our Recycling Experts visited Leo’s to learn about their waste stream.

Each business has items that are unique to their business. At Leo’s, the main item they were unsure they could recycle was steel whipped cream cans. Our Recycling Expert contacted Leo’s recycling hauler and learned that they could recycle the cans. This was a huge relief for the business.  

Once they had the recycling program in place, they began looking into ways to implement organics recycling. Our Recycling Expert connected Buettner with a commercial composting hauler in the metro.

The hauler worked with Buettner to estimate the size of his waste stream and configure organics, recycling and trash containers so they could fit in the limited space available. Our Recycling Experts and Buettner worked together to train staff, place bins and post signage around the business.


With their organics recycling program in place, it is estimated that Leo’s will divert around 80,000 pounds of compostable materials per year.

According to Buettner, this is leading to some significant cost savings. “By composting the majority of our waste, we’re expecting to save at least $200 a month during the busy summer months and $100 a month during the winter.” Leo’s is saving an estimated $1,600 in waste hauling costs every year.

To Buettner, the positive attention he is receiving for doing the right thing provides additional value that is hard to quantify.



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