Thanks to its recycling program, MARTA has diverted more than 100 tons of materials from landfills and saved almost $32,000 in trash collection costs. Switching to hand dryers has saved the authority another $160,000 a year in paper towel and labor costs.
MARTA employees recently welcomed new water filling stations to staff facilities in an effort to reduce waste and save on the cost of bottled water. MARTA’s transition to water filling stations is by far a cheaper and more convenient solution to using bottled water. The switch is projected to pay for itself within the first year and save more than $200,000 in subsequent years.
By using water filling stations, MARTA will also reduce the significant waste and negative effects bottled water has on our environment. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, one of California’s largest local water agencies, bottles used to package water take more than 1,000 years to biodegrade.
These water filling stations use an energy-efficient refrigeration system and effectively remove impurities. A Green Ticker on the water dispensers will track how many plastic bottles are being saved from going in the trash each time an employee fills up with water.
Being green to save green is a concept that should make all transit agencies want to get on board.