NEW YORK, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Recycle Track Systems (RTS), a waste and recycling technology company headquartered in New York City, was a participating vendor in Mayor Bill de Blasio's Zero Waste Challenge. RTS supported America's Healthiest Grocery Store, Whole Foods Market, in achieving the challenge goals while providing reporting for the challenge requirements.
The Zero Waste Challenge is part of Mayor de Blasio's larger OneNYC commitment to send Zero Waste to landfill by 2030. This was the inaugural year of the challenge and 31 businesses across all five boroughs participated to help dramatically reduce waste. To successfully complete the Challenge, each participant committed to divert at least 50% of their waste from landfill and incineration by the end of the Challenge, which ran from February 2016 to June 2016.
"In OneNYC, we made a commitment to sending Zero Waste to landfill by 2030," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Our Zero Waste Challenge and the participants have proven that a collected effort helps reduce unnecessary waste. Together, businesses from a variety of sectors diverted 36,910 tons of waste that would have otherwise been sent to a landfill. This challenge proves that our commitment can be achieved so long as every New Yorker does their part to create a more sustainable city. My thanks to the businesses that stepped up to the challenge."
"Supporting Whole Foods Market in this year's Zero Waste Challenge was a unique opportunity that we were honored to be a part of. At RTS, our on-demand services for waste removal and recycling have been designed to aid a broader initiative of reducing waste around the city and eventually the world," said Greg Lettieri, Co-Founder and CEO of RTS. "Our proprietary technology is helping our customers and haulers be more efficient. That ultimately reduces waste over the long-term. Having worked very closely with Whole Foods Market on this challenge since February, we are pleased with the progress made to get us all closer to achieving a state of zero waste."
Through on-site education programs with departmental teams, RTS helped Whole Foods Market increase their diversion rate by nearly 10% over the course of the challenge. Known as a sustainability leader in the retail space, Whole Foods Market already has a strong recycling and composting program. As a result of completing the challenge with a greater than 50% diversion rate, Whole Foods Market received a milestone award.
"In line with our company's Green Mission, we were excited to participate in the Zero Waste Challenge and could not have asked for a better partner," said Kylie Sale, Whole Foods Market's Northeast Region Green Mission Specialist. "Working with RTS to incorporate their innovative solutions into our process for organics and waste diversion has helped us achieve new waste removal goals. Even though the challenge has officially ended for this year, together with RTS, we will continue to commit to reducing more waste each day."
About Recycle Track Systems
Recycle Track Systems (RTS) has ushered in a new era for waste and recycling solutions through the use of data analytics and technology service offerings. RTS proprietary tracking system empowers both customers and waste haulers by providing real time data and accountability that increases efficiency and insight into waste and recycling service pickups. Headquartered in New York City, Recycle Track Systems' team of data scientists, waste experts, and technologists remove inefficiencies in the waste management and recycling chain, creating an enhanced experience for customers and haulers. To learn more please visit www.RTS.com.
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