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Haworth’s waste reduction initiatives pay off
Haworth’s waste reduction initiatives pay off

Written by  Carl Dunker

HOLLAND — While many companies may think of recycling as just a method to keep the environmentalists at bay, Haworth Inc. has found that, in fact, the practice pays off.

At least, that’s according to Bill Gurn, facilities maintenance manager at Haworth.

“A lot of businesses question if recycling pays,” Gurn said. “Bottom line is that recycling makes you money.”

Gurn has the data to back up his claim. In 2011, Haworth made a net profit of $1.4 million through its zero-waste-to-landfill program. Additionally, the company recycled 53 million pounds of different types of waste material while sending only 3 percent of waste to be burned in a waste-to-energy plant, Gurn’s least-favorite method of removing waste from landfills.

At the Green Manufacturer Network’s zero-waste-to-landfill workshop at Haworth’s world headquarters in Holland, Gurn described how the office furniture manufacturer went completely landfill-free...

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