We are proud of the efforts we are making as a team to reduce our carbon footprint and want to share a summary of what we have done to implement more sustainable practices into our day to day operations.
Let us know how we are doing and how we can do more!
1. Recycling reduced waste disposal by 47%. Here is what we recycled in 2010:
- Collected and returned 92,460 water bottles
- RV Park recycled 18 tons of co-mingled material
- Casino recycled 32 tons of co-mingled material
- 12 tons of glass bottles
- 288,000 lbs of cardboard and newsprint
- 3250 lbs of scrap metal
- 280 lbs of light bulbs
- 63,141 lbs of confidential documents destroyed and recycled
2. New Technology. As we continually seek out new sustainable ways to operate, we have:
- Increased electronic material recycling
- Converted to soy ink recyclable cartridges
- Upgraded to Energy Star 5.0 rated PCs and silver-rated monitors
- Employ exchangeable, recyclable batteries for PC backup power
- Purchase 11.4% of our electricity from renewable sources as a Visionary Partner of Pacific Power Blue Sky program
3. Kitchen Waste: The Mill’s kitchens also contribute to the green effort.
- Beginning in 2007, used cooking oils have been converted to biodiesel truck fuel
- In 2010 The Mill began a vermicomposting project. In the first year, the worm farm converted 1,100 pounds of green kitchen wasted into 35 gallons of compost leachate to fertilize flower beds and landscaping
4. Efficiency Efforts. By finding efficiencies, The Mill helps to save important resources.
- Using low-flow showerheads saves over 600,000 gallons of water each year
- Converting heating, cooling and kitchens to natural gas saves energy at a cost savings of $250,000 a year
- Scrap materials from all construction projects was recycled for future use