Great-West Life discusses their recent reuse and recycling initiatives, highlighting their projects with Green Standards, in their 2012 Public Accountability Statement:
From page 44:
Recycling and Reuse
“Complementing recycling programs and services in place across our operations, we engage in co-operative projects to repurpose redundant assets. In 2012, we completed more than a dozen sustainability projects with our vendor Green Standards, redistributing a range of our surplus office assets to charitable organizations in need. Through these projects, we diverted more than 48 tonnes from the landfill in 2012, resulting in over $59,000 of in-kind donations to charitable organizations, which distribute donated items within their communities where they are needed most.
This landfills diversion equals:
• 85 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent
• 8,645 gallons of gasoline consumption
• 1,977 trees growing for 10 years
We’ve completed close to 40 such projects with Green Standards in recent years, diverting 391 tonnes from landfill and resulting in a total of close to $298,000 of in-kind donations.”
About Green Standards Ltd.
A Circular Economy-Inspired Office Solution
Millions of tons of office furniture and equipment are sent to landfill each year in North America. We’re here to change that. By working with forward-thinking corporations we’re able to recover usable resources and repurpose valuable products to the benefit of businesses, the environment and communities across North America.
Our sustainable decommission program has diverted 59,000+ tons of surplus furniture and equipment from landfill and donated more than $29 million worth of in-kind donations to 5,000+ non-profits across North America since inception.
The 59,000+ tons diverted equals more than 172,000 metric tons of CO2e emissions reduced with a 98.6% landfill diversion rate on more than 1500 projects.