Olympia Computer is proud to be designated a Thurston Green Business. Our goal is to do our part to reduce pollution and keep our environment safe and healthy. If your business is looking for ideas for reducing your energy impact from computer use, give us a call.
Olympia Host Lions are back in the recycling business - this time to help keep plastic film out of Puget Sound - and this time with the support of local businesses, including Olympia Computer.
Olympia area Lions and the Thurston County Food Bank have teamed up with the Trex Company, Inc., maker of Trex decking, to collect and recycle the soft film plastic that local recyclers don’t accept.
Olympia Computer will serve as a collection site, along with collecting our own plastic for recycling.
We will be collecting stretchy plastics or those marked with a 2 or 4. All plastics must be clean and dry. See complete list off acceptable plastics.
Specific plastic items that can be recycled with the Lions recycling project include:
Olympia Computer will be working with local businesses to accept their bagged plastic downtown at Olympia Computer at 209 Washington St. NE.
For bulk amounts of plastic, local businesses may be able to arrange pickup by the Lions.
Businesses that want to take part in the recycling effort can call the Olympia Computer office at 360 995-1010 for more information.
Other businesses collecting their plastic for the Lions recycling project include:
Cranes Total Office, 1006 E 4th Ave
The Creative Office, 721 Legion Way SE
City of Olympia, Waste ReSources is also collecting their plastics for this program.
Plastic film collected by the Lions and local businesses for recycling will be stored temporarily at the Thurston County Food Bank. Food bank staff will weigh and transport the plastic to a local Safeway store where it will be shipped to the Trex company to be turned into Trex decking and outdoor furniture.
Along with protecting Puget Sound from harmful plastic pollution, the plastic recycling project will earn Lions Trex outdoor benches they can place at public locations here in town.
Lions will get a free bench – made from 95% recycled material – when they gather 500 pounds of plastic in a six month period. (Spoiler alert - it takes a LOT of plastic film to weigh up 500 pounds! Start saving your plastic film today!)
This is not the first time Olympia Host Lions have led recycling efforts in Olympia.
Back in the mid 1940’s, Olympia Host Lions started the city’s first newspaper recycling program, with door-to-door pickups by the Lions.
A profitable fundraiser, the recycling effort eventually changed to a downtown drop off point – a train box car painted in Lions colors and dubbed Tresner’s Trolley after long time Lion Dale Tresner.
Falling paper prices, competition from municipal recyclers and fires started by transients in the box car eventually brought an end to the project in the late 1990’s.
Olympia Computer encourages employees to live sustainably every day - at work and beyond. We actively seek out ways our company can support local sustainability efforts.
Eyeglass Recycling with the Lions Club- Staff were given paid time off to work with local Lions clubs to collect, sort, clean and package used eyeglasses for reuse. Olympia Computer maintains a collection site for Lions Club eyeglass collection.
As a company, we will continually work to identify and implement ways to lessen or offset our environmental impact while still offering high quality service to our clients.
We will involve all interested employees in setting annual goals for sustainability, track results, make the results known to all employees and celebrate successes.
We Think Local First
Wherever possible, we think local first - identifying local options and local vendors for purchases.
See these local businesses that have been recognized by Thurston Green Business
Olympia.Computer has laid out the following sustainability goals for 2020:
1. Seeking out and engaging local professionals (accountant, insurance agent, realtor, lawyer) as we build a more localized team to support our company;
2. Continuing our employee ride sharing and telecommuting plans, finding additional ways to cut commuting miles where possible
3. Identifying ways we can cut service miles by grouping site visits, offering discounts on given days for outlying areas so techs travel to those outlying sites only one or two days per week, identifying more potential clients closer to our home office, and increasing numbers of clients served remotely
4. Finding additional outlets for recycling packaging materials and other recyclables
5. Identifying and replacing items used in our office or computer repair shop that contribute unnecessarily to the waste stream
6. Increasing the number of computers, phones and related items we accept for recycling and re-use
7. Reducing our use of single-use plastics
8. Opening an office in the downtown business core to encourage techs to walk to majority of our local clients, encourage use of transit, and lessen need for travel by local clients dropping off equipment.
9. Reducing electrical energy consumption
10. Increasing awareness of conservation opportunities with our staff, our clients and the general public
Computer usage accounts for a good chunk of business energy costs. If you would like to learn how to cut those costs for your computer system and networked devices, use our handy checklist or talk to an Olympia.Computer tech about a walk through audit of your system. No charge and no obligation. Just give us a call today.
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