CE Goes Green
Every day at 3 p.m., two high school students show up at Gerhard’s Appliances in Glenside, Pa., to do nothing but recycle boxes in a special machine. One hundred boxes a day, in fact.
Gerry Gerhard, vice president of the 60-year-old family run business, looks on and smiles at the 10-by-24 foot space the company set up about two years ago for this purpose. While he’s well aware of the impact recycling has on the environment, Gerhard is especially satisfied with the hundreds of thousands of dollars it saves his business each year.
“I used to have trash bills,” said Gerhard, who saves more than $100,000 each year through recycling and easily recoups the $2,000 a month he pays to lease the machine. “It used to take two to three hours for someone to haul away the trash. Even if you carefully stack up eight appliance boxes and have one day of rain or snow, you’re absolutely dealing with a major mess.”