A recent project completed by GRRO International for the City of Somerville, MA diverted tremendous volumes of materials, originally destined for local landfills, to needy citizens around the globe. Two city buildings – one the former Powder House School – were targeted to be emptied of all loose furnishings, fixtures and equipment by city representatives. GRRO International proposed a solution that would divert as much of the materials as possible through our network of non-profit organizations to developing economies worldwide. More than a dozen overseas ocean containers were scheduled to be loaded by Wakefield Moving & Storage crews for the shipment of more than 3,100 items. These containers were directed by GRRO to designated recipients in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala.
One of these shipped ocean containers was received by students and staff at the Don Bosco Kep School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and is captured in this YouTube video.
GRRO International paired our Surplus Redistribution Programs with our Commodity Recycling Programs for this project in Somerville, MA to collect and dispatch for responsible processing more than 152 tons of loose material otherwise destined for local landfills. Of this total, 68 tons were shipped for reuse and the remaining tonnage was redirected to local, GRRO-Certified recycling centers. Of the targeted waste at these two closed facilities, GRRO achieved a 100% diversion rate for the City of Somerville, MA. As you see in this YouTube video, much of this is now in use by folks desperate for more shipments of this kind.
GRRO International partners with hundreds of US and global recipient organizations in providing sustainable and responsible reuse programs to a wide variety of clients nationwide. Our environmentally-sound, socially impactful and fiscally beneficial programs assist in the redistribution for reuse and recycling of millions of pounds of no longer needed assets (surplus). GRRO tracks each item and all shipments throughout the disposition process and provides comprehensive reporting that accounts for 100% of your targeted surplus- all while redirecting your reusable surplus materials to millions worldwide.
Our end-of-life surplus management programs are designed to give you a turnkey solution that provides FINANCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL and PUBLIC RELATIONS benefits on EVERY project we are a part of……our “Quad Bottom-line Advantage”.
Recycling 1 can saves enough energy to run a TV for 2 hours. The aluminum can recycling rate in the US was 67% in 2012, the highest it's been in 20 years.
Recycling 1 glass bottle can power a computer for 30 minutes. The glass recycling rate was only 26% in 2012.
Recycling 1 ton of mixed paper can save the energy equivalent of 185 gallons of gasoline. 56% of the paper and cardboard that entered the US waste stream in 2012 was recycled.
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