Towel toss

Employees who help lead sustainability efforts at the New Jersey Metro Processing and Distribution Center include, from left, building equipment mechanics Sergio Lamboy, Robert Lambert, Peter Kopf and Paul Schlagenhaft.

The New Jersey Metro Processing and Distribution Center is dealing with a lot less trash these days.

Since the Teterboro facility installed 17 high-performance hand dryers last year, spending on paper hand towels and related products dropped from $24,000 to $6,680 annually.

“Our strategy is to provide a work environment that makes productive and efficient use of resources as we strive to achieve our vision of decreasing our carbon footprint,” said Maintenance Manager Donald Gibson.

The facility’s success earned it one of this year’s Postmaster General Sustainability Excellence Awards, but the team isn’t resting on its laurels.

Managers have also started a project to replace the exterior lighting fixtures with energy saving LED fixtures, which is expected to be completed within 30 days.

Additionally, the facility recently completed an energy survey and plans to implement several recommendations that are expected to save more than $208,000 annually.

Motivated employees are key to the success of these initiatives, Gibson said.

“A shared vision helps employees understand how they individually and collectively contribute to the Postal Service’s success,” he said.