Every year, Earth Day (April 22) provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the efforts of our partners who are working to better the environment. Few stand out more than Texas Disposal Systems (TDS), one of our newest partners who helped make Wreaths Across America Day 2017 in Austin, Texas one of the most environmentally-friendly to date.

TDS has been serving Central Texas for 40 years as a leading resource management company. Locally owned and operated, TDS helps communities, organizations, and schools manage and divert waste to beneficial uses. Their commitment to diversion is evidenced by their fully integrated facility, which incorporates solid waste disposal, compost production, and recycling operations.

On December 16, 2017, 2,700 wreaths were placed at Texas State Cemetery in Austin. As the only fully-integrated recycling provider in Central Texas, TDS joined in the effort to remember, honor and teach by donating their services. In total, TDS was able to collect and compost all 2,700 wreaths in addition to recycling 269 wreath boxes. They even prevented the metal wire from each wreath from going to a nearby landfill.

"We felt honored to be a part of such a humbling event," said Jim Gregory, co-owner of Texas Disposal Systems. "It was also a wonderful feeling to know that we were able to help give back to our local community as a result of our environmental efforts."

In our short time working with TDS, the partnership has proven to be a logical fit given how closely their values align with our mission to remember, honor and teach. They employ a large number of veterans and strive to educate younger generations on the importance of both honoring Military service and caring for the environment.

“Working with Wreaths Across America is a really nice fit because we’re able to give back while helping honor our veterans and show respect for our environment,” says Wendy Bradley, Marketing Manager at Texas Disposal Systems.

It’s our hope that the work of TDS at Texas State Cemetery will inspire similar initiatives across the country this coming December. In 2018, there will be nearly two million veterans’ wreaths placed on the graves of our fallen and an even greater need to make our events as sustainable as possible. We thank Texas Disposal Systems for their commitment to our day of remembrance and look forward to working towards a greener future together in the years to come.

To learn more about Texas Disposal Systems, visit their website at https://www.texasdisposal.com/, and don’t forget to check out the full recap video of their efforts this past December here. The TDS story can also be heard on Wreaths Across America Radio.





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