Reducing Landfill Waste through Recycling
In 2007, our commitment to the environment prompted the development of a nearly three-acre recycling facility on the north side of the property. Here, all recyclable materials used or generated by the Gardens, The Terrace Restaurant, and our guests are sorted and processed. Some of these materials include:
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Petroleum-based products
- Plastics (1-7)
- PC's and monitors
Since the start of this effort, we have reduced our overall landfill contribution by 14% and tripled the amount of materials we are able to recycle.
Giving Back to the Gardens
We began composting in the early 1990s. Today, approximately 8,000 cubic yards of food and horticultural waste is processed on its five-acre composting facility annually and returned for use in the Gardens. Managing this compost is an intensive process and special equipment is needed to turn the massive 6- by 10-foot rows of decomposing brown and green materials. It’s estimated that composting saves us between $50,000-$200,000 annually in landfill expenses.