24. August 2012 10:58
What Big Cedar Lodge activity happens every day, involves every guest and associate, and requires no special skills, time, or energy? The answer is RECYCLING! Without our knowledge, each person that works or plays on the Lodge property is taking part in an effort to help the environment through composting, recycling, conservation, and preservation.
According to Landscape Manager, Dennis Goodnight, “We are environmentally friendly, and we do everything we can to work with guests and associates to recycle—the more stuff we can pull, the less goes to landfills.” Collection bins are placed around the resort for glass, plastic, paper and aluminum; but did you know food scraps, ashes, and plants are composted and used to grow the beautiful gardens around the property?
Rick Weltch, Recycling Coordinator, has the not-so-glamorous job of hand sorting all the collected materials, but that doesn’t bother him a bit. He’s been recycling since before recycling was cool. At the age of six, he was picking up bottles and cans and returning them for deposit money. “I didn’t realize I was recycling back then, but that’s what it was,” he explains. As an outdoorsman, he appreciates the green-friendly atmosphere at Big Cedar Lodge. He believes “This is a resort-wide team effort, everyone is taking a small part, and it continues to get better and better!”
So far this year Big Cedar Lodge has recycled almost 35 tons of cardboard, over 3 tons of plastic and tin, and almost 10 tons of glass. So the next time you place a bottle in a bin, or leave some veggies on your plate; remember, whatever can be recycled…will be recycled! And Big Cedar Lodge Associates also volunteer monthly at the Branson Recycle facility— because we know, we all live downstream!