Making this world a better place is a goal
at Abt. Leaving a small environmental footprint has become a core value
of the Abt family and a huge initiative for their business as well. We
have an on-site recycling center, were we process over 8,500 tons of waste
per year. Abt has found creative ways to recycle up to 95% of its waste.
That 17 million pound of waste, is taken out of the waste stream
and will be used as raw materials to make new products. Thanks to all
the recycling we do, our once daily garbage pick-up have been reduced
to only one per week.
Intelligent Energy Use
Natural light pours in from skylights during the day and aiding the natural
light is a generator that Abt bought to power the electricity nine hours
each day. The natural gas burning generator is an energy conserving power
house that saves money while it burns 80% cleaner than the coal used by
the local utility company. In the warehouse, we use high-output t-5 florescent
lights that are 60% more efficient than standard lighting. Abt has started
to change the lighting across our our showroom to LED bulbs, which use 80% less energy and
can last up to ten years. In addition to the generator, we have windmills
and solar panels creating energy.
Abt has made the choice to eliminate paper catalogs, in favor of our newsletter
and website. This change has helped reduce the amount of C02
emissions that we put out, and prevented countless tons of paper waste. When our HR department communicates with our
employees, it is done via email or electronic billboards displayed in
All of the store displays are made from recycled material and created
in-house. Food is brought in four days a week and Jolane's
is on-site so that employees don't have to leave our facility to eat.
If an employee would like to get out of the store for lunch, bikes are
provided so that driving becomes unnecessary. We have an employee gym
on-site; employees can make one trip to work and work out.
Customer education is just as important as employee education. At the
customer service counter we have reusable Abt bags for customers. We
also have the movie An Inconvenient Truth playing constantly to further
educate all who may have some time to watch. Abt proudly celebrates Earth
Day every year with younger customers. It's never too early to start good
habits that benefit the environment.
Abt's local delivery and service departments make 9,000 calls per week.
From all of those stops, we recycle everything that comes back from the
customer's homes and delivery trucks (packing material, old products,
etc..). Abt is proud to use bio-diesel in 64 of the diesel trucks in the
fleet. We also have end-loaders, Bob Cats, and dump trucks that use bio-diesel.
Chuck Metoyer, Director of Fleet Operations, makes sure that all of the
new gas vehicles being added to the fleet are E85-ready. Along with fueling
Abt's Green Fleet with environmentally sound fuel, Abt sends the used
oil, oil filters, coolant, and batteries from all of the trucks to get
recycled. The Abt team has thought of so many details when it comes to
the maintenance of the Green Fleet. Even the water that washes the trucks