Mountain Rose Herbs was the first company in Oregon to receive a Zero Waste Facility Certification from Green Business Certification Inc. Not only did we make history in the state of Oregon, but we also achieved the highest available certification – Platinum!
We focus on reduction, reclamation, and recycling. Our first priority is to make sure we only use what we need, and that’s one reason we adopted our zero waste policy back in 2007. At that time, we emptied a dumpster four to five times a month. After instituting a zero waste policy, we began to empty the same dumpster only once a month. From the office to the warehouse to the production floor, we collect and sort every piece of discarded material that would normally end up in the landfill. Every label, scrap of plastic, poly-woven bag, break room food scrap, and metal barrel is evaluated and, more often than not, given a new home.
An unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship dictates how we think about our waste management plan. We strive to cut all waste production by rethinking and redesigning our operational procedures to create a more dynamic approach to resource recovery, product design, and recycling. This path helps sustain our bond with the natural world, creates jobs, and saves money.
This transformation from a “throw away” society to a sustainable community is a commitment that Mountain Rose Herbs has long embraced. Thanks to new innovations and technologies in the recycling world, we continue to improve our program whenever possible. Here are a few examples of how we do it:
- All used paper towels and cardboard are collected for recycling by a local, family-owned business.
- All office paper, press board, and scrap paper is recycled.
- All of our metal and plastic drums are steam cleaned for re-use, donated, or recycled.
- All tin, steel, aluminum, iron, and scrap metal is sorted for collection or recycling.
- All scrap plastic including bottles, cords, straps, and lids is recycled.
- All scrap wood and unusable pallets are sent to be chipped for landscaping materials.
- All unusable essential oils and carrier oils are collected for bio-diesel salvage.
- All styrofoam is either reclaimed and reused in shipping electronics or recycled.
- All broken and unused electronics are taken to a local facility for proper salvage and recycling.
- All botanical refuse material is collected for composting at commercial composters and local nurseries.
- All break room and staff food waste is composted.
- And much, much more!