Cortec Corporation launches new organics recycling program

The program will reduce the environmental impact at Cortec

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Cortec Corporation announcing the launch of a new organics recycling program at its headquarters to make use of Eco film commercially compostable bags
Cortec announcing the launch of a new organics recycling program at its headquarters to make use of Eco film commercially compostable bags

Cortec Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of its new organics recycling program at Cortec global headquarters near Saint Paul, Minnesota. The program will collect food and paper waste that is usually thrown into the facility’s garbage and turn it into compost instead. A fascinating feature of this new program is the opportunity to use Eco film commercially compostable bags manufactured at Cortec’s own film extrusion plant in Cambridge, Minnesota.

Cortec's new composting bins to collect garbage
Cortec’s new composting bins to collect garbage

Cortec launched its organics recycling this year after being awarded a grant from Ramsey County to help with the initial setup. This involved installing a new dumpster mezzanine area, purchasing new composting bins, training employees, and paying for disposal hauling services and compostable products (including cups, plates, and utensils) for the first six months. The organic waste will be collected in Eco film bags lining bins throughout Cortec’s facility and then sent to an industrial composting site in Rosemount, Minnesota, to be converted into soil amendments for local communities.

Cortec Corporation outsourcing its Eco film bags

Corey Cremers, the senior environmental specialist at Cortec Corporation, has spearheaded this and many other environmental initiatives at Cortec. He commented, “Participating in the organics recycling program is an important step in reducing our environmental impact here at Cortec. Instead of sending waste materials to landfills, we can migrate the waste to a beneficial resource like compost which the local community can use. It is cool to see all facets of employees from the office to the production floor participating in the program and adding value to our environmental management system.”

As mentioned, a particularly special feature of this program is the chance for Cortec to put its own Eco film bags to good use. Eco film bags are certified compostable under the BPI certificate for disposal in a commercial composting facility and are therefore perfect for use as liners in Cortec’s organics collection bins. In the past, Cortec has sourced Eco film bags to help other organizations such as the Minnesota Zoo launch or explore their organics composting programs, so it gives Cortec special satisfaction to finally be able to use this commercially compostable film in its own organics recycling program at Cortec headquarters.

 

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