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Find a purpose for used mail bags to avoid the associated costs and environmental impact of sending them to a landfill.
RWR identified and worked with a conversion company to repurpose the bags. The weathered look of the vintage fabric made the perfect material for a line of accessories and soon mail bags were turned into iPad cases, tote bags, messenger sacks, and even became upholstery for a thrift store chair. After a test run in a small boutique, upcycled mail sack tote bags, iPad cases and pouches are for sale at UncommonGoods.
Upcycled messenger bags crafted from retired mail sacks are also available from popular bag designer Timbuk2. UncommonGoods is an online marketplace offering unique merchandise with a focus on sustainability.
RWR eliminated both the cost and environmental impact of retiring the mailbags by creatively finding a home for a difficult material.
A major consumer products company was suffering from high material stream costs, both from recycling and trash disposal. Management was looking to reduce those expenses as well as achieve a long-term goal of zero waste to landfill.
Reduce material stream costs while increasing the diversion rate to achieve the zero waste goal.
RWR’s comprehensive materials solutions affected the facility in amazing ways.
RWR’s materials management improved the company’s “beneficial use” to 90% and achieved zero waste to landfill in 2010-2011 for the targeted materials.
In May 2010, only 7 of the 110 offices (6%) in a designated postal service area were recycling, and while there was a small reduction in the environmental impact, there was no cost savings.
To secure positive impacts for the U.S. Postal Service, RWR approached the issue in a new way. RWR set a lofty goal for the program success: 100% office participation.
Audits of the facilities were conducted and all potential recyclable paper identified. RWR created a systematic change to the collection process by expanding the capture of valuable paper material and consolidating the efforts to maximize the revenues. RWR engaged all parties and lead them through the process with expertise.
As of May 2011, all 110 of the offices in the designated postal service area were participating. The expanded material list is being consolidated at a single location and sold to a recycler, increasing the revenue received. Additionally, all the offices have reduced their trash bills. The project has seen cost savings, cost avoidance, and revenue generation.
Rand-Whitney Recycling received the Postmaster General Sustainability Excellence Award in December 2011, recognizing the project's success.
Rand-Whitney Recycling also won the award in December 2012, for its part in a two-year initiative with six USPS processing facilities, which generated new revenue and diverted 2,500 tons of material from landfills.