VistaTek’s Sustainability Audit

VistaTek’s Sustainability Audit

Over the last two years, VistaTek has been working with Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation to become more sustainable. They performed a waste audit for us during a company meeting. This was great for all of us to see first-hand what we are and are not doing correctly.

Findings and Grades

Composting our organics (A-)

Landfill content (B)

Recycling (C-) 

  • Almost every item in compost/organics bin was either food organics or BPI certified compostable plastic products.

    • There are a lot of items that seem compostable that are not.

    • “Eco-friendly” plastic products are not compostable without the BPI certification. (All SelfEco Caterware products are BPI certified)

    • Plastic/Wax lined paper plates and cups are not considered compostable (need to go in trash)

  • We were putting recycling in a trash bag and then throwing it in the recycle container.

    • Fact: If the recycling is in a trash bag, the sorting company will assume it is trash and divert it to the landfill.

  • We were recycling all numbered plastic 1-6.

    • Fact: In our area, Washington and Hennepin County, only plastic identity numbers 1, 2 and 5 are recyclable.

  • We were putting all paper towels in the recycling.

    • Fact: Paper towels should be put into the organics bin. These will assist in the composting process. These will not make through the recycling process.

  • We were leaving food in recyclable containers.

    • Fact: Washington and Hennepin County will not accept organics inside recyclable plastics. We were asked to dump the food/organics into the compost bin, rinse out the plastic, then recycle it.

All in all, it was a great experience and our team learned a lot. Each day we make these little changes, we can feel better about tomorrow.

Recycle Tips:

  • Leave the plastic caps on the plastic bottles. Once the caps are removed, they are too small for the sorting equipment.

  • Pizza boxes with cheese and grease can be composted. Only clean and dry pizza boxes can be recycled.

  • Aluminum has the highest value for recycling. It can be melted back into a reusable product within 30 days. It also has unlimited recyclability! 

  • There is a good saying…”When in doubt… Throw it out”.

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

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