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How Whirlpool Inspired Bekins To Be A More Green Company

Bekins Recycling Efforts - Green company

We not only take care of our customers at Bekins, we also take care of the environment. We believe we are the greenest appliance dealer in the nation, by recycling more than 90 percent of waste in our facilities. Company President Scott Bekins says a visit to the Whirlpool Corporation headquarters right here in West Michigan inspired him to make Bekins a more green company.

“We realized the lengths they go through to recycle and protect the environment,” Scott said. “I thought we should really be doing that. When we built our Coopersville Service Center and Warehouse in 2015, we made a commitment to become one of the greenest appliance dealers in the nation.”

it’s not easy being green

“Many people are not aware of how appliances are packaged these days,” Scott said. “They think it just comes in a cardboard box and we flatten the box.”

However, many appliances do not come in a cardboard box anymore. It takes plastic, banding, corrugated cardboard, styrofoam and other products. We do a lot more than just collapse cardboard.

Recycling at Bekins making a big impact

While some of it appears small, two aspects really add up:

  • We employ more than 100 people.
  • We receive thousands of packaged appliances and electronics every year.

We take the time to not only recycle, but also sort them every day. The commitment in space and time for the cause can really add up as well.

“It does cost more to recycle than to simply throw it away, but it’s worth it,” Scott said. “It’s worth it for our environment and for future generations.”

being a more green company helps the environment

With the help of Louis Padnos, we have tracked how much our recycling has impacted the environment. Since moving into our Warehouse and Service Center in Coopersville in Spring 2015, we have saved:

  • 836,621 KWH of energy
  • 11,967 gallons of oil
  • 2,016 trees
  • 830,340 gallons of water
  • 7,116 pounds of air pollution effluents
  • 442 cubic yards of landfill space

$4,944 of landfill space

RECYCLING AT BEKINS: SAVING 1,286 TREES AND COUNTING

Bekins Recycling Efforts - Green company

For many of us at Bekins, it’s just a simple walk to throw one piece of cardboard into the recycling bin. Multiply that by 100 employees, the hundreds of days we work each year, plus the thousands of appliances and electronics we install, then it adds up to quite a large effect on our environment.

We recycle more than cardboard. We also recycle styrofoam, plastic ties, old appliances and much more.

Padnos in Holland keeps track of all that we recycle each year, and lets us know what effect it has on the environment. We store most of our recycling at the Bekins Service Center in Coopersville. It has been open for almost three years now and the impact of our recycling during that time has been astounding.

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Since opening our Coopersville Service Center and Warehouse in 2015, our commitment to recycle has helped save:

  • 530,892 KWH of energy
  • 7,567 gallons of oil
  • 3,175 pallets
  • 610 reusable appliances
  • 529,550 gallons of water
  • 4,538 pounds of air pollution effluents
  • 1,286 trees
  • 280 cubic yards of landfill space

 $3,119 OF LANDFILL EXPENSE

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bekins recycling in 2017 alone

Our recycling numbers for just 2017 were impressive too. We break it down in the graphic below.

Bekins 2017 Recycling Report

how we do it

Our efforts to recycle does not save us money. It takes time, effort and space. However, we do it to reduce our carbon footprint. You will have a difficult time finding a greener appliance and electronics dealer in the nation.

OTHER WAYS TO RECYCLE

Not only do we work with companies that recycle materials and reusable appliances, we also donate boxes to people around West Michigan.

Here are just a few examples, but you can also find more on our Facebook page.

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ENERGY STAR SAVES WATER – THIS SAVES YOU TIME & MONEY

Washers & Dryers at Bekins Energy Star

At Bekins, we take many efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. We offer new Whirlpool washers that will save water and rate well with the Energy Star standards. Their new features help the environment but may leave some customers confused.

ENERGY STAR GUIDELINES changing expectations

If you start seeing detergent residue on your clothes with a newer washing machine, especially one that rates well with Energy Star, we offer simple solutions to try before calling our service department.

As a way to use less water with each wash, new Whirlpool washers have changed their “Normal Wash” settings. For years the rinse cycle in a “Normal Wash” setting offered a deep wash. The tub would fill with water, agitate the clothes, then drain the water.

Washer Options Energy Star

Newer washers now spray the clothes with water in the rinse cycle, then drain the much less remaining water.

The solutions?

  • You can use less detergent, because your normal wash cycle is using less water. This option can save you both time and money.
  • You can also activate various “options” to tell the washer that you want the tub to still fill with water, agitate and drain for your rinse cycle.
  • Which options? That depends on the model so you need to consult your Use and Care Guide.

NEED ADDITIONAL HELP?

That’s why we have a service department. We want you to be thrilled with your purchase. That means helping you use it correctly and making sure your appliances work.

Have any questions, give our Service Department a call at 616-288-1020.

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Bekins Recycling Report – First Half of 2017

Bekins Recycling

You may have heard us refer to ourselves as one of, if not the, greenest appliance dealer in the country; but what does that mean?

Bekins understands that a company our size has the potential to make a negative impact on our environment. That is why we have made it such a priority to reuse or recycle over 90% of all waste that go through our facility.

REUSE

One of our favorite ways to help the environment and our community is to donate our items for new and creative uses. Here are a few recent recreations.

Cardboard Box Firetruck

Bekins recently donated large appliance boxes to Coopersville Public Schools. These boxes nurtured the imagination of local preschool children as they turned them into a firetruck!

Cardboard Box Robot

Coopersville Reformed Church was happy to have some of our cardboard boxes for their Vacation Bible School. The 5th graders turned them into fun structures that lined the hallways of the church.

Cardboard Chariot Races

UpStreet Children’s Ministries in Grand Haven took their Roman theme to new levels with the use of our cardboard boxes for chariot races!

RECYCLE

For all items we are unable to reuse, we recycle! Our Coopersville Service and Distribution Center was specifically designed to be able to house the storage space, cardboard balers and other machinery necessary to recycle cardboard, cores, plastic ties and film, styrofoam and old appliances.

This is not a money making effort for us but we truly believe in the cause and enjoy seeing how large of an impact our recyclables are making.

Our recycling efforts from January through June of 2017 have helped save:

  • 107,170 gallons of water
  • 94,218 KWH of energy
  • 1,209 gallons of oil
  • 919 pounds of air pollution effluents
  • 260 trees
  • 51 cubic yards of landfill space

Below is a full report of what we have recycled and the resources saved for the first half of 2017.

2017 Recycling Report - January through June

COMPANIES REUSING WASTE: CHARIOT RACES FOR CHILDREN

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Bekins and Classic Stereo work hard to recycle waste each day. We also try to set an example for companies reusing waste.

Our community has created many new uses for boxes that used to store big appliances and electronics. Yet, Covenant Life Church in Grand Haven found a new way to think outside the box.  They even thought inside the box a little too.

once a box – now a chariot

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UpStreet Children’s Ministries presented its Kids Camp at the end of June. They really sold out for this year’s theme too. They immersed the children in Rome at the time of Paul and the Underground Church.

The camp featured:

  • togas
  • tie dye
  • an ancient Roman marketplace
  • an example of an underground church
  • live actors playing the roles of Paul and a Roman soldier
  • and chariot races

WATCH: DONATED BOXES TURN INTO ROMAN CHARIOTS

That’s when they worked with Bekins and Classic Stereo. Our Warehouse Manager, Brian, donated boxes for the Kids Camp. Rich used his years of experience and talent to fit the largest boxes through each doorway.

The staff at UpStreet Children’s Ministries cutout a small portion and let their imaginations run wild.

One child sat in a medium sized box, while one, two or more classmates grabbed a plastic band and pull them along the grassy field.

They even tried sitting a few children in the bigger boxes and asking a group of children to pull them the same way.

Click on the video to watch it. You can see how much the children loved it.

it is important to be companies reusing waste

We hope people continue to contact us with new ideas to reuse waste. We take pride in our efforts to recycle, but re-use works even better.

Our employees work hard every day to reduce our carbon footprint. We even built our Coopersville Service Center with recycling in mind. It includes enough storage space, cardboard balers and other machinery for us to recycle over 90 percent of our waste including:

  • cardboard
  • cores
  • plastic ties
  • film
  • styrofoam
  • old appliances
  • and more

It requires extra space and money, but we believe in the cause. Our efforts in 2016 helped save:

  • 2,330 gallons of oil
  • 159,880 gallons of water
  • 162,185 Kilowatt Hours of energy
  • 1,370 pounds of air pollution effluents
  • 85 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 388 trees
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LET’S WORK TOGETHER

If you know someone who can re-use any of the items we recycle, then give us a call. Contact our Coopersville Service Center directly at 616-288-1020.

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