Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently launched a multi-tiered recycling program that has successfully diverted more than 1.2 million pounds of recyclables from the company’s waste stream.
Wood recycling has saved 782,620 pounds from the landfill since November 2010 when the Savannah-based program was implemented. Single-stream recycling of paper, metal, plastic and cardboard accounted for another 433,940 pounds between February 2011, when the program was established at the company's Savannah and Brunswick facilities, and June.
Prior to February, Gulfstream recycled 23 percent of its municipal solid waste. By June, that number had climbed to 41 percent. So far in 2011, Gulfstream Savannah has slashed its landfill trash by approximately one-third compared to the same period in 2010.
"I give credit for the success of these efforts to our employees," said Brooks Clark, director, Facilities and Security Services, Gulfstream. "They have been extremely diligent about recycling since we launched this new program in February. The introduction of single-stream recycling as well as the ability to recycle metals, cardboard and a wide variety of plastics have further contributed to our recycling success. We also encourage employees to bring in their recyclables from home and place them in specially designated receptacles."
To further support the company’s sustainability efforts, biodegradable containers have replaced Styrofoam in all of the company’s cafeterias: four in Savannah and one in Long Beach, Calif. The company also plans to implement single-stream recycling programs at its other sites worldwide.
Gulfstream is committed to the general aviation community’s objectives of achieving carbon neutral growth by 2020, improving fuel efficiency by 2 percent per year from 2010 until 2050, and reducing its total carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels.