Case Study: UTC Aerospace Systems GOALZERO

Pallets, plastics and cardboard have helped put food on more than 10,000 plates thanks to a partnership between Colorado Springs IAPS and GOALZERO Recycling, a local recycling-for-food initiative.

Here’s how it works: UTC Aerospace Systems employees collect wooden pallets, cardboard and plastic shrink wrap on-site and give the materials to GOALZERO. GOALZERO then sells the materials to recycling buyers. GOALZERO is a division of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, which uses the money to buy meals for Colorado citizens in need. Every dollar raised provides eight meals to soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency food assistance groups, children or elderly people that need a little extra help.

“We look forward to expanding our recycling program with GOALZERO to include office paper and aluminum cans in the near future. The Colorado Springs IAPS facility is living up to the reputation of caring for our community,” says Anthony Greaton, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) manager.

With approximately 30,000 meals provided for the hungry and over 30,000 pounds of waste diverted, the impact to the community cannot be ignored. But it’s not just the community that benefits – giving to GOALZERO boosts our efforts toward the companywide goal of 90 percent recycling – or better – by 2020!

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