Sustainable Waste Collection and Disposal
Environmental stewardship is an important priority at Granger Waste Services. As stewards of this planet, we have a great responsibility to manage waste and our business in a way that is sustainable and impacts our environment in the most positive way possible.
In our world, waste material isn’t wasted—it’s used as a resource through renewable energy generation, recycling or some type of reuse.
We encourage our customers to take this sustainable journey with us by offering environmentally friendly options for waste, recycling and yard waste collection and utilization. Additionally, we offer customers the opportunity to take advantage of payment, communication and billing options that lessen their environmental impact.
Our landfills are engineered to be secure spaces to put trash, meaning the groundwater and surrounding area are protected from the trash inside using the best available practices and technologies.
In short, we take our responsibility to the planet seriously.
Trash As a Clean Energy Source
Granger has a long history of using trash as a resource. In 1985, Granger was the first company in Michigan to harness the power of landfills as a renewable source of energy. We continued to develop projects that utilize this fuel until 2017 when we sold our Energy Division.
Today, the trash we collect is put to a productive and environmentally friendly use by Energy Developments (EDL), who utilizes our landfill gas, which is created from the natural decomposition of organics in your trash, to produce a clean burning, consistent source of renewable energy.
Environmental benefits of these renewal energy projects are as follows:
Wood Road Generating Station
- Current electric capacity of 8 megawatts (MW)
- Annual electrical energy production equivalent to power consumed by 4,789 homes
- The carbon emissions offset is equal to 44,258,278 gallons of gasoline consumed
Grand River Generating Station
- Current electric capacity of 3.2 megawatts (MW)
- Annual electrical energy production equivalent to power consumed by 1,915 homes
- The carbon emissions offset is equal to 17,703,311 gallons of gasoline consumed
To us, recycling is more than taking something old and turning it into something new. It’s about sustaining our earth’s God-given resources for future generations.
Our commitment to recycling is clear from our long history of offering recycling options to our customers. In 1989, we opened our Lansing Recycling Center and free recycling drop-off as a resource to the community. Two years later, we began offering curbside recycling collection and have continued to expand our recycling service territory and recycling options for residential and commercial customers over the years.
In 2019, we recycled 53,283,600 total lbs. of cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper, plastic, glass and metal.
Our recycling efforts have resulted in any one of the following:
- 452,911 trees conserved (17 trees per ton of paper recycled)
- 109,231,380 KWH of electricity conserved (4100 kWh per ton recycled)
- 1,598,508 pounds of air pollution eliminated (60 lbs. per ton recycled)
- 186,492,600 gallons of water preserved (7,000 gallons per ton recycled)
- 88,806 cubic yards of landfill space preserved (3.33 cubic yards per ton recycled)
Environmental Offerings for Customers
Environmentally responsible options for Granger customers include safe, responsible waste collection with beneficial reuse of renewable energy and curbside, blue bag, commercial and drop-off recycling. Additionally, customers can choose more environment-friendly options for billing, payment and communication, such as paperless billing, email notifications and online and autopayment.
Responsible Landfill Construction and Management
Granger owns and operates two landfills in Michigan. Because we live by the Golden Rule, we strive to take care of our God-given resources and practice responsible landfill management. We were actually one of the first landfill owners in Michigan to begin using composite liners, even though at the time it wasn’t legally required.
Granger follows all applicable rules, regulations and policies set forth by governing bodies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), and often employs management practices for landfill construction and operation that are even more stringent than what is required.