Mountain Rose Herbs is a successful Zero Waste company with a focus on reduction, reuse, recycling, and reclamation. Since the program’s inception in 2007, we have investigated all options to eliminate waste from our production stream and every aspect of our operations. From the office to the warehouse to the production floor, we promise to 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 sorted, 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.
Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages us to find a new way of thinking about the waste we generate and makes us responsible for it. Instead of seeing garbage, waste, and landfills as an acceptable and excusable part of life, the Zero Waste paradigm sees waste as a resource, commodity, and local source of revenue. In essence, Zero Waste is about getting as close as humanly possible to no waste at all. When Mountain Rose Herbs adopted a Zero Waste policy, we went from producing 3,000 - 5,000 gallons of waste per month (a normal amount for a processor of our size) to about 70-80 gallons of waste per month, which is the average for a 2 person household.
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 hand towels 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 cardboard and pressboard is recycled (and yes…. that includes toilet paper rolls).
- All tin, steel, aluminum, iron, and scrap metal is sorted for collection or recycling.
- All scrap plastic including bottles, cords, straps, lids, pourers, etc. are reclaimed by a local facility to be melted down into saleable material.
- All “waste” wood and unusable pallets are sent to be chipped for landscaping materials.
- Waste oil from our bulk vegetable and carrier oils is collected for bio-diesel salvage.
- Botanical refuse material is collected for composting at commercial composters and local nurseries.
- Broken and unused electronics are taken to a local facility for proper salvage and recycling.
- All styrofoam is sent to a re-claimer and reused in shipping electronics.
- All break room and staff food waste is composted.
- All waste essential oil is collected for natural pest control products and for use in natural weed killers.
- And much, much more!