Sustainability: Recycling, beyond with GFL

When it comes to environmental sustainability, the first thing you think of might be recycling.

But Green for Life Environmental (GFL) is focused on making the whole system of waste disposal and recycling more sustainable, and whether as an individual, family, or business, you can join them.

Sustainable systems

GFL thinks about the system from start to finish. According to GFL’s 2020 Sustainability Report, 3.2 times as many greenhouse gasses (GHGs) were avoided by GFL’s operations as compared to the amount of GHGs their operations emitted. They accomplished this by these means:

• A growing fleet of trucks running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)—Recycling does less environmental good if the trucks collecting them are emitting lots of carbon. So many of GFL’s green-painted collection trucks are green in the true sense of low carbon emissions.

• Capturing gas emitted from landfills that is then converted to RNG—RNG can be used for electricity or for powering vehicles.

• Recycling—With GFL, recycling is about more than just hard plastics, yard waste, food scraps, wood, construction materials, metal, fiber, and glass. In 2020, GFL recovered/recycled 1.68 tons of materials. GFL also has soil reclamation facilities. They make it easy for residential and commercial customers to recycle these materials. If you have any questions about how to recycle or how to enroll in GFL’s recycling services, visit or call Sheboygan County representative Carrie Macki at 920-716-5773.

• Valuing employee safety and well-being—Organizations are stronger when employees are treated well. GFL’s Safe for Life program trains employees in safety procedures. GFL’s culture is one in which employees are encouraged to learn more and participate in environmental sustainability efforts on the job and off. The Full Circle program partners GFL employee volunteers with community organizations to improve the sustainability in the local context.

To see more about GFL’s services, visit

GFL is part of the Tri-County News Preferred Business Sponsor program.

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