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Recycling program

PLATTSBURGH — DELLA Honda, DELLA Suzuki, DELLA Toyota and DELLA Motorsports have reaffirmed their commitment to being leaders in sustainability by joining Casella Waste Systems Power of Three closed-loop recycling service. The Power of Three is Casella’s newest solution for its customers who are intent on bringing a new meaning to the term “zero-waste.” 

The Power of Three is premised on picking up a customer’s recycling, processing that recycling into new products and then providing those products back to the customer in the form of new hand towels, tissue paper and toiletry items. The program is accomplished through a partnership among DELLA, Casella, Foley Distributing and SCA Paper.

With Zero-Sort, all paper, plastic, glass and metal are combined in one single container. Casella’s Zero-Sort processing facility located in Plattsburgh mechanically sorts all of the material. Once sorted, the baled paper will travel 110 miles more to the SCA plant in Glens Falls to be made into 100-percent recycled paper content products that will then be delivered back to DELLA by Foley Distributing.

Businesses that have converted over to Zero-Sort typically see a 20 percent to 40 percent or more improvement in their recycling efforts. This typically saves them money on disposal costs, time in sorting and streamlines their collection processes internally. The DELLA companies are the first automotive group in the North Country to join the program, according to Tom Gilbert, the general manager at the DELLA locations. 

“Being the largest volume Automotive group in the North Country retailing close to 3,000 cars, trucks, SUVs and motorsports per year, we at DELLA felt it was extremely important to reduce our carbon footprint,” he said. “The North Country is a beautiful place to live and raise a family. Taking these necessary steps to try and make our home cleaner for our children is an obligation we are proud to embrace.”  

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