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Waste Not, Fill Not

If you’ve ever toured Mercury Marine headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wis., you know that Plant No. 3, which according to a Mercury Marine press release is “the hub for the company’s parts and accessories distribution worldwide” is simply massive. And as you’d expect given its mission, the facility uses massive amounts of packing materials that could—key word—become tons and tons of landfill waste.

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Mercury Marine’s latest environmental accomplishment is significant. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

For the record, even people in the landfill business—and I actually know one—don’t particularly love landfills. No one does. Landfills are at best inelegant solutions to waste disposal, at worst ticking environmental time bombs. Most reasonable people agree that the less garbage we have to dispose of via landfills the better. It’s hardly a controversial environmental stance, much less a radical one.

That makes the recent “Zero Waste To Landfill” designation earned by Mercury Marine’s Plant No. 3 an effort to be recognized and applauded.

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