Recycling and Composting
Waste generation is one of the significant environmental impacts that we have in our daily operations, therefore it is important to quantify the various components of our waste/recycling stream, evaluate the effectiveness of Region 8’s current recycling program, and identify areas for improving both the current and future recycling efforts.
At the region 8 headquarters we currently recycle, compost and reuse a wide range of consumer items.
In October 2009, a volunteer team of Region 8 employees helped capture a snapshot of 24 hours of materials that we generated in our facility by conducting a Waste Audit of trash and recyclables generated by the EPA Region 8 1595 Wynkoop Facility.
Since implementing a composting program at Wynkoop in May 2010, the amount of waste material diverted from local landfills has increased from 64% to 80%.
Based on our 2010 waste reduction activities we have achieved a GHG Reduction of 447 MTCO2E. This is equivalent to:
- The annual GHG emissions from 81 passenger vehicles.
- 3 acres of standing forest (based on CO2 sequestration per tree).
- Annual emissions from the energy consumption of 40 households (based on annual emissions per household).
- 50,683 gallons of gasoline (based on CO2 emissions per gallon)
- 18,605 propane cylinders used for home barbeques (based on CO2 emissions per pound of propane).
- 153 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled (based on CO2 emissions per ton of waste landfilled).