Membership Luncheon September 2012
TO SORT OR NOT TO SORT:
How analyzing your waste stream can increase your revenue stream
For many small and mid-sized
businesses, recycling may not be on the radar as a high priority item when a
new business pipeline needs massaging and sales calls need to be made.
But businesses that fail to analyze their waste stream critically and evaluate
options for diverting waste from the landfill whether for environmental reasons
or as a cost savings measure, risk missing out on increased revenue and a more
positive reputation amongst customers and partners.
Susan Thoman, director of
communications and public affairs, Cedar Grove Composting will discuss how
businesses can evaluate their waste streams, the business and environmental
reasons for doing so and share some success stories from local businesses that
are diverting more than 90 percent of their waste from the landfill and the
cost savings captured as a result.
Susan Thoman has worked in the environmental and recycling field since
1986. She is currently the director of corporate business development at Cedar
Grove Composting and has worked in various management positions for Emerald
Recycling since 2001.
Susan has extensive experience as a regional manager with Northwest
EnviroService, Evergreen Recycling as well as regional sales manager and
corporate trainer with PSC (an international environmental services firm).
Susan is passionate about finding solutions to minimizing waste and creating
alternatives for waste by-products and has focused her efforts on education,
communications and implementing effective recycling and reuse programs for a
variety of industries across North America.
Susan has served as a proud member of the Washington State Recycling
Association Board of Directors since 2007, and is the associationís current
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