Kum & Go Expands Recycling at the Pump Program to 42 Des Moines-Area Stores
Customers invited to celebrate America Recycles Day on Friday by using new containers near fuel pumps
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – (Nov. 14, 2013) – Kum & Go today announced that a total of 268-bottle-shaped recycling containers have been installed near fuel pumps at all 42 Kum & Go stores in Greater Des Moines as part of the “At the Pump Recycling” project.
Kum & Go is collaborating on the project with Waste Management of Iowa Inc. and RecycleMe Iowa. Customers are invited to celebrate America Recycles Day on Friday, Nov. 15, by placing recyclable beverage containers into the new bins while stopping at Kum & Go stores in the metro area. No other convenience store retailer offers recycling at the pump in the Des Moines area, according to Adam Hammes, Kum & Go sustainability manager.
The expansion builds on the success of a pilot program that began at four local Kum & Go stores in April 2012. According to audits managed by Waste Management of Iowa Inc., this pilot diverted more than 86,050 pounds of recyclable materials from the Metro Waste Authority’s landfills in the first six months.
“Waste Management applauds Kum & Go for taking the initiative to provide convenient recycling containers for their on-the-go customers,” said Mike Tunney, recycling director for Waste Management of Iowa Inc. “Recycling often and recycling right are the easiest things we can do 365 days a year, and this collaboration provides another opportunity to recycle as we travel.”
The recycling initiative strategically places recycling containers next to fuel pumps to provide easy and accessible recycling opportunities for customers. The container itself resembles a plastic bottle and was designed to stand out as a recycling receptacle to distinguish itself from a trash container.
“Kum & Go is committed to leading our industry in sustainable practices and being a responsible corporate citizen in the communities that we serve,” says Hammes. “Together with Waste Management of Iowa and RecycleMe Iowa, we’re proud to provide a simple and effective way to help customers recycle at our stores, and we’re thrilled to offer this solution at every Kum & Go convenience store in the Des Moines area.”
Kum & Go received a $20,000 grant for the expansion project from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternative Program (SWAP). These funds were used to partially fund the recycling containers at the pumps. Kum & Go partnered with RecycleMe Iowa to help deploy and install the new bins.
Kum & Go’s dedication to environmental sustainability will be recognized Friday, Nov. 15, when the company receives the 2013 Recycling Innovator! Award from The Metropolitan Environmental Trust of Tulsa, Okla. Kum & Go will be honored for its joint on-the-go recycling program in partnership with PepsiCo. This program has expanded from a pilot project to all of Tulsa’s 47 Kum & Go locations, where a bottle-shaped recycling bin is available near every fuel pump.
Kum & Go stores also are saving energy and water through the company’s commitment to sustainable practices. New stores are designed, constructed and submitted for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Kum & Go currently has 66 LEED-certified stores, with 14 additional projects under construction—the most of any convenience retailer in the nation.
For more information about store locations, services and green initiatives, visit kumandgo.com. Customers can also find the latest promotions and news by “liking” Kum & Go on Facebook and following the convenience retailer on Twitter (@kumandgo).
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About Kum & Go
Kum & Go has maintained 50+ years of dedicated community commitment, each year sharing 10% of its profits with charitable and educational causes. Kum & Go is the fifth largest privately held, company-operated convenience store chain in the United States. Founded on exceptional customer service, Kum & Go is a pioneer in the convenience store industry. The family-owned company began in 1959 in Hampton, Iowa, and has grown to more than 420 convenience stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming). Thanks to the efforts of its 4,600 associates, Kum & Go convenience stores continue to lead the industry in customer service and convenience.
About Waste Management Inc.
Waste Management Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Its subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. Waste Management is the largest residential recycler and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill-gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company serves residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more, visit www.wm.com.
RecycleMe Iowa (RMI) is a recycling service for apartment tenants, small to large sized businesses and also specializes in zero-waste events in the Des Moines metro area. The company was founded in 2010 to give apartment tenants easier access to recycling. RMI immediately expanded to include small to large sized businesses as the desire to recycle was in high demand. Within the first year they successfully implemented their first zero-waste event and diverted 97% of waste from the landfill, expanding the business to include zero-waste event services. The company is focused on reducing landfill waste and is on the forefront of bringing sustainable zero-waste strategies to the waste industry and communities in the Des Moines metro area.