Environmental Protection

Vancouver-Based Country Club Becomes First to Add GreenDrop Recycling Stations

Royal Oaks Country Club is the first golf course to take advantage of GreenDrop Recycling Stations. They chose GreenDrop Stations to reduce their environmental impact. The Stations reinforce Royal Oaks' eco-conscience effort to increase recycling and composting initiatives as well as landfill diversion rates within their club.

GreenDrop Recycling Stations reduce landfill contributions by making it easy to self-sort recyclable and compostable items out of the landfill waste stream. This results in a drastic reduction of the environmental footprint and minimizes expense by being fiscally responsible through sustainable operations.

Royal Oaks has been a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) since 1989. The ACSP is a partnership between the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Audubon International. The ACSP works with golf courses to help develop a custom program that focuses on being environmentally conscious of the local water sources, wildlife species and native habitats.

"There is a natural link between the game of golf and the surrounding environment. Partnering with GreenDrop allows Royal Oaks to incorporate a convenient waste-diversion system that members and their guests can easily utilize without increasing operational costs," explains Marcia LaFond, Club Manager of Royal Oaks. "We evaluated other containers, but GreenDrop was the best option for our needs."

"A healthy course is essential to the economic prosperity of a golf club," commented Alan Nielsen, Golf Course Superintendent. "Sustainability and proper stewardship is all a part of the marketability of the course."

The market-leading GreenDrop Recycling Station was designed through multi-year efforts of the Portland Trail Blazers head office and the Rose Garden Arena. The arena's landfill diversion rate increased from 38% in 2007 to 90% in 2011 in large part due to replacing their old-style garbage cans with GreenDrop Recycling Stations. GreenDrop Stations reduce landfill contributions by visually guiding people to properly dispose recyclable items.

"Congratulations to Royal Oaks for being the first golf course to use the GreenDrop Recycling Stations in their sustainability efforts," said Lyle Peters, Director of Sales for the GreenDrop Stations. "We developed instructional labels depicting specific items in use. Those detailed labels guide guests to quickly and accurately dispose of waste at one orderly stop."

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