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Subaru Loves The Earth

Loving the environment means more than loving the great outdoors. 
It means working to preserve it.

Subaru Loves The Earth: Subaru Loves the Earth is the commitment made by Subaru and its Retailers to actively work to preserve the environment for generations to come. As part of this initiative, Subaru has joined forces with TerraCycle, to create a year round, in-store recycling program in every Subaru retailer in New England. We are now collecting previously "non-recyclable" waste before it goes straight to the landfills, and transforming it into useful materials to donate back to our communities, like benches and playground equipment.  Each Retailer will have three labeled "Zero Waste Boxes" for three specific streams of trash located by their coffee and snack stations. 

We are collecting:
1. Coffee and Drink cups/lids
2. K-cups and creamer containers
3. Snack wrappers and bags

We invite you to utilize these receptacles in store as well as collect items from your home or business to drop off at your nearest Subaru Retailer. 

About TerraCycle: 230 million tons of trash is being generated annually, and less than a quarter of it is being recycled. TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste. TerraCycle reuses, repurposes, and recycles waste instead of incinerating or landfilling it. This process moves waste from a linear system to a circular one, allowing it to keep cycling in our economy. 

Ways You Can Help: With your help, TerraCycle can divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month. Not only can you collect and drop off the mentioned items to any Subaru Retailer in New England, but here is an additional list of ways you can limit waste on a daily basis.

Trash-Hacks

Did you know that most materials are considered non-recyclable because of economics rather than a technical solution? TerraCycle has an in-house Research & Development team who designs innovative recycling processes to make the non-recyclable items recyclable through Zero Waste Box™ collection. According to Recycle Across America, "recycling is the top action society can do to simultaneously improve: the environment, the economy, sustainable manufacturing and to prevent waste from going into oceans." As we launch our new initiative, here are some additional ways you can limit waste in your community:

  1. Use both sides of copy paper and set computers to automatically print double-sided. In America, each employee uses 10,000 sheets of office paper per year on average!
  2. Get rid of needless reports or send them electronically to work towards the goal of being a paperless office.
  3. Reduce junk mail by emailing the company and asking for electronic copies of materials and publications.
  4. Refold and reuse file folders to cut down on wasted materials.
  5. Shred office paper, newspapers and use for packaging materials.
  6. Use old reports to make note pads. Cut and bind paper for reuse.
  7. Institute an eco-friendly email signature for all employees. It can be as simple as: "Please consider the environment before printing."
  8. Purchase items with reusable packaging, reduced packaging or no packaging at all.
  9. Ask vendors to ship supplies in reusable containers or to take the packaging supplies back for reuse. Out of every $10 spent buying products, $1 is spent on packaging that goes to landfill.
  10. Rent equipment that is only used occasionally.
  11. Ask employees to turn off their computers when they are not in use. It doesn't harm the equipment and can reduce energy costs for your building.
  12. Turn off the lights in rooms that are not in use and do not leave office lights on overnight. Additionally, replacing lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED bulbs will require less energy for the same light usage.
  13. Recommend commuting.
  14. Encourage employees to bring their lunch and snacks in reusable containers.
  15. Use reusable utensils and beverage containers in your kitchen or breakroom.
  16. If possible, repair equipment instead of purchasing new products.
  17. Select plant landscaping indigenous to the region to reduce watering and herbicide use.
  18. Standardize the recycling process by using Recycle Across America labeling to effectively communicate where waste should be discarded in your store.
  19. Set goals that everyone can participate in! Publicize ideas such as changing paper reports to electronic, buying recycled products, encouraging reusable bottles and mugs, etc. in a way that allows your customers and staff to share in your success.
  20. Buy recycled toner cartridges and recycle empty cartridges responsibly.
  21. Buy only what you need and can use within a reasonable amount of time. It's not a bargain if it sits on a shelf and ultimately gets sent to landfill.
  22. Compost food waste to keep those materials out of the landfill.
  23. Store pens with the tip up. This keeps the ink from drying up, and will allow you to use all the ink before having to replace the product. You can also purchase pens that can have the cartridge refills, so you don't have to buy an entire new pen. According to the EPA, Americans discard more than 1.6 billion pens each year.
  24. Cut down or eliminate your use of products that there are no green alternatives for, such as rubber bands or metal staples.
  25. Make sure you are recycling universal waste (including light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, ballasts, etc.) with a licensed, universal waste recycling company.
  26. Establish an internal "Green Team" that regularly meets to troubleshoot the waste challenges your store is experiencing and provide additional recycling opportunities.
  27. Coffee/tea Capsules are a huge waste challenge due to their size and mixed materials including plastic, aluminum, and organics. In 2014, Keurig produced more than 9.8 billion K-cups - enough to circle the earth 10.5 times! It takes 150 - 500 years for aluminum and plastic to break down in the landfill. Recycle all coffee/tea capsules through Zero Waste Box™.

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