"But, you're a dumpster company?"
It's a question we hear all the time: why does a dumpster company want to help clean up a river or join a sustainability council? Well, we know that trash removal can be expensive for nonprofits planning a cleanup and that a donated dumpster can help them do more good. We also recognize that while waste removal is a necessity, so is disposing of it responsibly and recycling whenever possible.
This year, we partnered with both local and national organizations that do great work for our communities and the environment. Here are a few of the groups we were honored to sponsor, partner and work with this year.
This year, we had the opportunity to support I Love a Clean San Diego through the Clean Beach Coalition. As a group, the coalition keeps the coastline clean by providing temporary trash and recycling containers for beachgoers during the busiest months. Each year, they collect about 500,000 pounds of litter and we were proud to be involved with the initiative in 2017.
In partnership with Food Recovery Network, we sponsored Move Out for Hunger at Southern Connecticut State University on April 26th. Students at the university collected unused, non-perishable food leftover from the school year to donate to local foodbanks. In exchange for their donation, students received free moving boxes. At the end of the day, 3,450 pounds of food was collected - enough for 2,875 meals.
Earlier this year, we made a commitment to pursue sustainable business goals. As a member of the American Sustainable Business Council, we had the opportunity to speak with key policy advisors and decision makers to discuss the triple bottom line: People, Planet and Profit.
2030 Districts is a nationwide organization made up of districts committed to meeting various sustainable development goals by 2030. In Cleveland, their goal is to foster new construction and make Cleveland an attractive location for businesses looking to move or expand. Most importantly, they advocate for sustainable building practices and measure the environmental impact of these developments.
We launched our dumpster donation program this year with Clean Jordan Lake. The lake spans 14,000 acres and is kept clean by volunteers at semi-annual events. To help with their fall cleanup on October 14th, we provided a 30 yard dumpster to collect 237 bags of trash from a section of the shoreline.
We look forward to building stronger relationships and new partnerships in 2018. If you belong to an organization that works to breathe new life into your community, apply to receive a free dumpster through our donation program. Whether you are cleaning up a waterway, fixing a historic home or planning a community event, we want to lend a helping hand.