Piazza Produce finds profit in going green - The Packer

Piazza Produce finds profit in going green

05/24/2012 04:34:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Courtesy Piazza ProduceScott Lutocka, facilities manager, left, and Pete Piazza, president of Piazza Produce Inc., pose with the 2012 Sustainability Award from Mayor Greg Ballard.Piazza Produce Inc., Indianapolis, was honored by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard with a 2012 Sustainability Award in the category of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

The honor comes on the heels of Piazza achieving zero-waste status, defined as a diversion of more than 90% of waste from landfills and incinerators.

Currently, Piazza is at 92%, according to Scott Lutocka, facilities manager, and looks to reach 95% or higher in the future.

“We paid about $100,000 for waste removal in 2005. We were just looking for a way to manage expenses,” he said.

By 2011, those expenses dropped to $15,800, with a total of 46,000 in rebates, netting the company more than $30,000.

Lutocka says the company now sends only 326 tons of waste to landfills, compared to 2,175 tons in 2005.

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