Hearst Corporation has begun implementing a zero-waste policy at its Manhattan headquarters, making it among the first corporations to roll out a program in an office tower of its size.
In combination with Hearst’s recycling program, organic waste from Hearst Tower’s kitchens and dining areas will now be collected and shipped to a composting site in New York. This will divert approximately 95 percent of all kitchen waste from landfills.
Hearst Corporation piloted the composting program with its waste hauler, Sprint Recycling, based in New York City, last month before formally introducing it as part of Hearst Tower’s green plan. During the pilot, the amount of waste sent to landfills dropped by 23 tons.
The tower’s recycling program recovers all paper, metal, glass and plastics generated at the building. Once collected, the material is taken to Sprint’s facility where it is separated, baled and transported to manufacturing facilities that use this material as feedstock to make new products. All e-waste, according to the company, is properly handled and recycled.