Reduce Waste

It is part of BrightView’s DNA to adopt practices that reduce waste and promote sustainable landscapes.

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Organic Mulch 

Organic Mulch
BrightView works to recycle and repurpose plant waste as organic mulch, improving landscapes and the environment.

Year-round, BrightView takes excess green debris and repurposes/recycles it. The green debris is repurposed by grinding, composting and then reintroducing it back onto properties as organic mulch. Recycling reduces fertilizer use, improves overall plant health and reduces the volume of waste sent to landfills.

 

Responsible Plant Maintenance

Ellepots
BrightView crews follow industry best practice and all applicable federal, state and local regulations for the use of fertilizers and other products.

Each of BrightView’s three management regions monitors and complies with federal, state, and local pesticide and fertilizer regulations. BrightView’s Directors of Technical Services review products and best practices for local teams to implement in the field.

Composting 

Top Dressing and Compost
Mulching mowers and other composting techniques allow BrightView teams to nourish soil, improving the health of clients' landscapes as well as the environment.

BrightView uses mulching mowers to service its clients. Mulching mowers allow grass, fallen leaves and shrub clippings to be finely chopped and left on the ground to decompose into the soil, creating richer, greener lawns and landscape that requires reduced fertilizer to maintain. BrightView also offers organic compost top-dressing services to clients. Using compost to top-dress is a sustainable, organic way to improve the health and appearance of our clients properties, which adds nutrients back to the earth and create vibrant landscapes.

 

Plastic Reduction & Paperless Initiatives

In many areas of the country, BrightView uses Ellepots or the RootStepper tray system when buying seasonal flowers. Both of these systems eliminate eighteen individual plastic pots per tray. The eighteen individual pots are replaced with a single plastic tray. When planting, flowers can be removed from the tray and planted directly into the ground and the plastic trays can be returned to the flower grower to be reused. In the Northeast region alone, BrightView has eliminated consumption of at least 9 million individual plastic pots over the last 10 years.

BrightView is shifting towards a paperless future. To achieve this, BrightView uses paperless billing, digital employee timesheets, digital records and inspection reports, saving more than a million sheets of paper annually (including 624,000 timesheets, 120,000 client invoices, over 100,000 customer site inspections and over 60,000 vehicle inspections and timecard corrections—all once printed on paper and now each digital).