George Zahka is a resident at North Hill, a retirement community in Needham, Massachusetts. He and his grandson, also George Zahka, partnered with North Hill’s Executive Chef to implement a composting program that would reduce waste in their food service department and promote the importance of recycling.
A recent press release described the innovative program: as North Hill receives daily deliveries of fresh seafood, there was a rapid accumulation of plastic tubs used for the shipments. Instead of simply recycling them, these tubs are now being used for composting around the community.
Not only is the program a great example of how simple solutions that are eco-friendly can be, it also demonstrates one of many ways that family involvement in retirement communities can have far-reaching benefits. More intergenerational partnerships like this one should be encouraged in the senior living sphere.
North Hill has been featured on our blog before for another creative recycling initiative that involved staff and residents of the community. You can read about it here.
For other posts on recycling and “going green,” both within a community’s walls and of the buildings themselves (retrofitting buildings and transforming them into senior living complexes is a growing trend these days), check out our Recycling Blog Channel.