Creative recycling in Florida

By Krista Van Tassel
November 23rd, 2011

The Green Team piece was developed to highlight the work of the Orlando team and will sit atop the base featured in my previous posts.If you are a regular reader of our blog, then you know about our Eco Art program that helps to recognize the efforts of our many Green Teams. For our final quarter of the year, we are sending one of our Green Team trophies off to Orlando, Fla., where we are celebrating the achievements of one team’s use of creative recycling.

Late last year, all Wells Fargo mail centers changed our corporate mailing process. To make our outgoing packages even more secure, mail centers across the company switched from a simple zipped bag to one secured by a traceable plastic tie. Although the new lock process provided greater security to the mail system, the tie was only usable once and was not recyclable as part of our regular plastic recycling.

In Orlando, many of our Green Team Members are also part of the local mail center. When they saw the new process, the team knew they could make a difference—after all, their center alone used about 4,000 plastic tie locks per day!

So the team reached out to our recycling vendor and established a special process to reclaim and recycle used plastic ties. Since its start in October 2010, the new mail recycling program has recycled almost a quarter million ties! That’s a ton of plastic the team is saving from the landfill.

In fact, we saved just a few of the plastic ties to incorporate in our latest Green Team trophy piece, which was developed in honor of their work. See if you can spot them in the photo and let us know what other creative items you recycle!

Tags:   Eco Art   Florida   green teams   Orlando   plastic   recycling   trophy   
Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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