Harrison's: Now Composting!
In our efforts to expand our green initiatives, we are happy to announce that Harrison's now participates in the composting program previously offered only to State College Borough residents and businesses. As they are planning to expand the composting to the Borough's surrounding townships, we jumped at the chance to take part in the pilot program for getting weekly compost pickups.
We've been composting since the beginning of April, and we're already seeing big results: we've been able to cut our general waste by about half, and we've estimated we're contributing over 1000 lbs++ of organic waste to the compost heap every week since so much of our food is prepared from scratch rather than being premade as it is at many restaurants. It's a big learning experience for us, and we're really looking forward to finding more ways to cut down on the amount of waste that goes to the landfills.
The importance of this really struck home when we recently took a tour of the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. The staff there are doing such a great job of recycling as much as they can, even going so far as to pick recyclable goods out of the general waste that arrives by the truckload every day. They pick out appliances, scrap metal, and shingles to be recycled into new products. The sheer amount of glass bottles, plastic bottles, mixed paper, and cardboard is surprisingly large, and it's wonderful to know that none of this will end up in a landfill. They send most of this material to a recycling plant, but they also come up with creative ways to reuse. For instance, they sell shredded mixed paper to farmers, who use it as bedding for their farm animals. We are fortunate to have these passionate and resourceful people working for our community!