Wild Rose Casino and Resort has announced the successful year one results of their expanded recycling efforts at the Emmetsburg property.
Working with Horizons Unlimited of Palo Alto County, a local leader in recycling, a plan of action was formed. In January 2013, employees were introduced to the expanded recycling program which now includes newspaper, tin cans, magazine, white paper, cardboard, plastic 1-7, pop cans, beer bottles and glass. The redemption center operated by Horizons became the destination for all these materials.
Wild Rose placed labeled recycling containers in all offices and key areas, kicked it off with a recycling challenge between departments and celebrated the holiday season with a wreath competition that used recycled materials. As a result of their efforts, daily garbage pick-ups were reduced to three times per week. Garbage costs were reduced by $25,000 in year one of the expanded green initiative.
Prior to the recycling initiative, Wild Rose had already launched other green measures on property including biodegradable environmentally-friendly cleaners inside the facility, cooking oil recycling, biodegradable and low sulfur fertilizers and chemicals application to lawns while using facility pond water to irrigate the lawn areas and planting beds.
Amy Rubel, Vice President of Operations stated, "We are proud of the significant progress we have made to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials in our efforts to go green. Our employees recognize the value of recycling and have been enthusiastic in their support."
Wild Rose Casino and Resort employs 275 people in Emmetsburg and is the gaming entertainment destination for over 500,000 guests annually.