Los Amigos - Atlanta, Ga

From Too Much Trash to an Environmental Success Story

by | Aug 28, 2014

Los Amigos Tortilla Manufacturing - Atlanta, GA.

Los Amigos Tortilla Manufacturing – Atlanta, GA.

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.losamigos_thumb

STATS:

Initial waste production: 208 cu. yds
Final waste production: 17 cu. yds

Overall Savings: 90% decrease in monthly waste bills

Process Summary:

 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

BEFORE — Trash cans overflowed with waste

BEFORE — Trash cans overflowed with waste

AFTER — Trash reduced; Savings generated

AFTER — Trash reduced; Savings generated

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