Ei lives its tagline, Sustainability in ACTION, within three platforms: Product Stewardship, Recycling Refinement, and Water Use | Toxicity. Industry pioneers work with the Ei Team to create replicable templates via the Sustainable Food Court Initiative or platform pilots. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei Emerges from Metamorphosis, introduces the three-platform approach along with corresponding initiatives under development. With the expanded focus, Ei attracted new partners, supporters, strategic allies along with strong renewals.
Welcome New Ei Partners
Ellis Fibre | Grease Lock Filters
Within the Water Use | Toxicity Platform, Ei’s initial focus is on Airborne Kitchen Grease (AKG) via installation of the Grease Lock Filters (GLF) system, a proactive approach to AKG maintenance. GLF collect 90% plus of the kitchen grease particulates before entering the kitchen exhaust system. By eliminating grease build-up in the system, the nightly baffle filter cleaning is generally reduced to weekly; the number of third party contracted kitchen exhaust system cleanings are significantly reduced.
|Installed GLF system at|
Pei Wei in ATL Airport
Note the Atlanta Airport is exploring a campus-wide GLF installation with an estimated annual 1.3 million gallons of water usage reduction annually. Concessionaires receive an anticipated $7,500 annual cost-savings per unit due to reduced labor and kitchen exhaust system cleaning.
A national fire & safety training organization produced an informative six-minute video, Introduction to the Grease Lock Filter System, which gives a solid system overview with an emphasis on fire safety. GLF produced the Installing the GLF System to show the simplicity and ease of installing the filters.
Ei's Airborne Kitchen Grease page documents the project's mission and current status. Below are the Zero Waste in ACTION grease-related blog articles:
- Zero WATER Waste: more than a goal, a necessity - introduces the importance of addressing water use and gives a GLF system overview
- GREASE: Activating the Zero Waste Evolution – reintroduces GREASE - Grease Recycling & Alternative Solutions for the Environment - along with history and future directions
- GREASE: a new frontier filled with economic and environmental promise – delves into the current AKG scenario and how the GLF saves water, toxic chemical use, labor and dollars
|ATL Airport tours WCTI system|
installation at GA Tech
Another Water Use | Toxicity Platform focus is reducing cooling tower water usage via WCTI Technology represented by Renaissance Technology. The Ei FB album, 05-22-13 Tour re: WCTI System @ Tampa Verizon Data Center, is a pictorial recap of the system.
Novelis is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and aluminum recycling. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet products to the automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and electronics markets.
|SFCI Team with Novelis|
With the Georgia Dome, home to the Falcons, the SFCI Event Pilot, it was synergistic for Novelis to join the Ei Partner program. Last fall GWCCA director of sustainability Tim Trefzer and Ei founder Holly Elmore toured the Novelis aluminum recycling plant in Greensboro, GA. Local recycling destinations is a SFCI commitment and integral to Recycling Refinement. The Novelis Greensboro plant is local to metro Atlanta markets.
With immediate action participation, Novelis associates joined the SFCI Team on November 10 for a Falcons game day recycling tour and attended the November 21 Annual Partner Meeting. For an overview of the Falcons game day tour, visit the ZWA Blog article Refining Recycling Practices at the GA Dome. The IMPACT Blog article Another Year, Another Ei Partner Meeting is an overview of the powerful annual meeting.
Australia-based Pratt Industries is America’s 5th largest corrugated packaging company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company. The company operates an extensive recycling company to supply three of the most modern, cost-effective 100% recycled paper mills in the U.S. Pratt is dedicated to the sustainability of the environment, its customers and its people.
|The Pratt tour group including |
the GWCC & ATL Airport
In June 2013 Ei hosted a Pratt Mill Tour for Tim and Michael Cheyne, Atlanta Airport director of asset management and sustainability, to learn about the local option for paper | fiber generated at their respective facilities. Note the Atlanta Airport is the SFCI Airport Pilot. Ei Supporter Republic Services is the Airports waste & recycling service provider and contracts with Pratt for recycling Atlanta Airport material.
In addition to hosting the tour, Pratt vice-president operations Kurt Schmitz joined the SFCI Atlanta Airport Team for an on-site meeting designed to better understand the Airport's recycling logistics. Mary Place, Southeast sales manager, represented Pratt at the Annual Partner meeting.
Thank You Renewing Partners
|Doug & Holly in action mode |
delivering food waste to compost
Chris Bradlee, BASF market development manager - biodegradable polymers, hosted his fellow partners to the Ann Arbor Ei Partner Tours in August 2013. The IMPACT Blog article, Ann Arbor Ei Partner Tours, is an overview of the excellent two-day tours. In addition to sharing their recycling expertise with fellow SFCI Team Members, CleanRiver contributes excellent design services via Jamie Maclellan.
Chemol recommitted as an Ei Partner to embark on the wax-free corrugated cardboard initiative in the planning stages. The ZWA Blog article, Waxed Cardboard = Landfill Destiny = $$ Lost, laid the foundation for the pending pilots. Ei Partner EcoLogic Solutions (ELS) is awaiting their shining star once the AKG programs shift focus from water usage to water toxicity. In 2012 ELS hosted their partners during the NYC Ei Partner Tours - the ZWA Blog article, NYC Ei Partner Tours, is a tours overview in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Always smiling, Heritage Interactive Services director of business & supplier development Amy Moreland wins the award for most-pictured in ZWA and IMPACT Blog articles! Understanding the magnitude of Ei's works, Amy makes Ei meetings, tours and other activities a priority in her hectic schedule.
|Amy & Chris in Newark for |
an Ei Zero Waste Workshop
During the early Zero Waste Zones days, Ei called upon industry leaders to serve as pioneers to create back-of-the-house food waste collection for composting practices. Many of these early pioneers are eager to step back into the invigorating leadership role. Thank you to Affairs to Remember, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Dome and the Georgia World Congress Center for stating your commitment by joining the Ei Supporter Program.
Welcome New Strategic Allies
Collaboration is key to Ei success. Ei Strategic Allies – consisting of institutions, non-profits, trade associations and business organizations - contribute industry expertise and connections to Ei initiatives.
The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) and Ei share Scott Seydel in a leadership role: Scott is Ei Chair and CRI Co-Chair. In addition, Ei & CRI take a strong stand on single-stream recycling. At the foundation of many ZWA Blog articles on single-stream recycling - Single-Stream Recycling Controversy, Single-Stream Recycling: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, and Source-Separate Key to Maximum Recycling Profits (to name a few) - is the CRI Understanding Economic and Environmental
|Stephanie w/ Suzanne Burnes of|
Sustainable ATL, a long-time Ei Ally
als are to make our food systems more resilient, reduce oil usage in transportation, and invest in new sustainable methods and products as appropriate. Executive director Kranowitz attended the Ei Partner meeting and is eager to move forward on joint adventures.