Los Amigos - Atlanta, GaFrom Too Much Trash to an Environmental Success Story
From Too Much Trash to an Environmental Success Story
Los Amigos goes ‘green’ and cuts monthly trash bills by 90% in three years
Los Amigos Tortilla Manufacturing – Atlanta, GA.
251 Armour Dr., Atlanta, GA., 30324
Los Amigos Tortilla Manufacturing, an Atlanta-based company, is a major producer of corn chips and flour tortilla products. The company, founded in 1969 by Ruben, Sr.,and Zoila Rodriguez, takes pride in ensuring Mexican authenticity in all their products.
Los Amigos Tortilla Manufacturing had a problem with trash. The company’s dumpster overflowed with discarded food, by-products, cardboard, containers, and packaging. Trash haulers came six days a week, sometimes even twice a day.
All too quickly, the trash situation for the Atlanta tortilla producer went from problematic to critical. The company’s dumpster was so concentrated and heavily packed that the hauler’s truck couldn’t li
ft the container. General Manager Tom Gibb realized then that the time had come to seriously tackle Los Amigos’ waste management.
Initial waste production: 208 cu. yds
Final waste production: 17 cu. yds
Overall Savings: 90% decrease in monthly waste bills
Identify clear-cut ways to cut their waste costs
Negotiate and manage contracts with a new hauler
Bring in companies to recycle Los Amigos’ recyclable waste
Set up a single-stream recycling program for employees
Changes of note:
Cardboard Baler installed to divert the bulk of their waste to a recycling facility.
Organic Waste diverted to Organic Recycling Program