Clearwater, FL: Awning Works Inc. begins initiative to start recycling program and organized the drop off and recycling of over 1,000 pounds of vinyl fabric scraps.
Companies across the nation say the words: We are green. We recycle. We care about our environment. It’s something entirely different to actually put systems in place which actually reduce your carbon footprint.
As a working owner of Awning Works and a mother of two young children, Wendy Schechner, VP of Marketing, had tried several times throughout the years to start a recycling program, but it always ended in failed attempts with road blocks in the forms of accessibility or the cost associated with different waste management companies.
The task of saving or even finding a company that would take specialty items such as commercial grade-fabric was daunting, but after exponential growth and increasing the employee count from around 20 to over 50 employees, the need became great.
Awning Works enlisted another Tampa company, Destination Better to conduct an independent carbon footprint audit and the audit proved to be not very flattering.
Awning Works started by hitting the low hanging fruit first and reports that initially, there was major resistance from the employees. They also discovered the actual process of recycling isn’t easy either. There aren’t a lot of options and the ones that are available, are expensive and/or have astronomical requirements in terms of minimum amounts to be recycled.
Awning Works, however, is making progress and just transported over 1,000 pounds of vinyl fabric scraps that would have previously ended up in a landfill.
They’re also making strides in the areas of cardboard, plastics, and paper that a company can make if they put their mind and their wallet behind an initiative to not just speak the words but to actually do something about reducing your footprint.
The companies that helped them through this process are Recycle Plastics LLC of Thonotosassa, FL who agreed to waive their minimum requirement and made special consideration for Awning Works to drop off only 1,000 pounds.
Awning Works is also reporting a positive change with the employees and hopes to continue the process of allocating funds to reduce their carbon input.
ABOUT AWNING WORKS INC.
Awning Works offers more than just awnings. Known for their work at Florida theme parks and educational institutions, they specialize in large commercial shade and solar control as well as LED, digital signage. Their sister company called Patio Lane focuses on the consumer and hospitality market, offering structural umbrellas, motorized solar shades, and custom Sunbrella cushions. They have a showroom and design center, located in Clearwater, Florida, which is open to the public.