In 2011 we sent over 950,000 lbs of waste to the area landfill. This year we are on track to send 750,000 lbs, a reduction of 16%. Four of our retail facilities recently changed to LED lighting, going from 90 watt bulbs to 12 watt blubs and our distribution center began conversion to “Induction Lighting”. This has reduced our energy consumption as well as cooling cost by 15% and significantly reducing our carbon footprint. We updated our fleet with the newest technology to take advantage of low carbon emission engines.Our fleet is also GPS equipped which shuts down our engines after a 5 minute idle, reducing our fuel usage by almost 3000 gal annually.
How does the company exemplify the concept of “reusing”?
Within our Distribution Facility we do not purchase wrapping materials. We reuse original vendor packaging materials such as plastic bags, Styrofoam packing material and boxes; recycling that which is not reused. We reuse empty paper towel rolls for shipping containers for small bottled product. We donate approx. 300 mattresses and box springs monthly to the secondary bedding market. These are items that went into the waste stream in the past and now find their way back into the secondary bedding market. In addition we donate in excess of $50,000 of furniture annually to be reused by social and humanitarian organizations.
What is this company’s recycling policy and practice?
Our recycle policy is simple. We monitor what goes into our waste stream and study ways to eliminate it. We are on target this year to recycle almost 1,000.000 lbs of cardboard, an increase of 35% over last year. We recently became what may be the only company in Tucson to recycle Styrofoam/EPS, by use of a densifing machine, which reduces the foam volume 10 to 1 and to become a desired commodity. This year we will save over 15000 lbs of Styrofoam from the landfill and put it into the recycle stream. In our other processes we will recycle over 30,000 lbs of plastic wrap and some 5,000 lbs of office paper.
How is this company engaging and informing consumers and employees about the 3 “Rs” and other sustainable practices?
Sam Levitz has a great deal of concern for our impact on the environment. Our managers meet weekly to discuss cost containment and recycle avenues. It is expected that managers monitor what they contribute to our waste stream and what alternatives they can pursue to reduce, reuse or divert to the recycle stream. Sometimes our efforts reach outside our company and extend to the community needs. We recently opened up our foam recycle program to the community. We began accepting foam collection from Pima County and local Business to assist them in their endeavor to reducing their environmental impact and waste stream.
What else would you like us to know about this company?
Sam Levitz Furniture has been in business since 1953 and remains a locally owned family run business. The Levitz family has been in the furniture business for over 100 years. We currently have 470 employees and operate 5 stores. Our Main Distribution facility at I-10 and Prince is 180,000 sq ft. The Sam Levitz Company is also very involved in the community. Sam Levitz is on the Board of Directors for “The Community Food Bank”, an organization which we have been a contributor to for a number of years. The company has also been a major contributor to “The Boy’s & Girl’s Club” for over 20 years. The past 3 years we have been a sponsor and major fund raiser for “The Hope Fest”. Sam levitz Furniture also supports “The Salvation Army Tucson Adult Rehabilitation Center”, “Tu Nidito”, “Stuff the Bus” and many other charitable organizations. The Company’s philosophy is to do more than just fill the furniture needs of the consumer, but to give back to the community that has always supported us. We believe strongly in supporting our community in numerous humanitarian efforts and doing our part in environmental concerns as well. Recognizing that we all share this same community.