Winter 2019
City Symposium Focuses on Food Waste
In late October, the City of Plano hosted the Food Waste Symposium – “Feed the Need. Plant the Seed.” at the North Texas Food Bank . Commercial Waste and Recycling Supervisor Christopher Day led this collaborative event, bringing together food stakeholders at all levels—large food generators, food banks and nonprofits, compost operations, major corporations, restaurants, grocery stores, waste haulers, food distributors and college students. Every facet of food waste and recovery, from disposal and compost, to feeding the food insecure was discussed. Speakers highlighted innovative opportunities to significantly divert more food from the landfill. Presenters represented the Environmental Protection Agency, Fed Food Recovery, Food Maven, Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, North Texas Food Bank and Toyota Motor North America. Ongoing efforts are being made to work together to resolve food waste and recovery issues in Plano.
Welcome Our New Green Business

Whitehead Environmental Solutions is the newest certified Green Business. The firm specializes in environmental due-diligence services for Texas properties. Environmental is its middle name for good reason Whitehead Environmental Solutions has many green attributes. Its monthly newsletter and marketing materials are delivered electronically. The company conducted an energy audit and upgraded to a 1500-1600 SEER air conditioning unit. Employees reduce waste by recycling print cartridges, using porcelain service ware, stainless steel utensils, and purchasing recycled-content products such as paper towels and tissues. The office has double-pane windows and energy-efficient lighting. Whitehead Environmental Solutions also uses low- to no-VOC paint products and environmental cleanings products. Coffee grounds and food are composted to feed their fruit, vegetable, flower and herb garden, which has a drip irrigation system.
Green Business Roundtable
On Nov. 12, Ebby Halliday Realtors' Plano Office hosted the quarterly Green Business Roundtable exclusively for certified Green Businesses. Guest Speaker John Hancock, owner of Elephant Trunk Moving Supplies, provided an overview of his company's rentable, reusable moving supplies available to resident in the DFW area. Members shared their business' latest news and events, and networked over lunch.
Green Businesses Around Town
Bavarian Grill became an Official Ambassador of Weihenstephan—the world’s oldest brewery .
Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Plano Office is collecting food for Minnie’s Food Pantry
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Plano North recently hosted a blood drive with Carter BloodCare.
Harley Davidson Financial Services had its annual Teddy Bear run on Oct. 27. Nearly 1,000 bikers donated brand new Teddy Bears to benefit children served by Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. The ride started at IKEA in Frisco and ended up at Harley Davidson Financial Services office where a family-friendly event was held with games, music, vendors and food. Collin County residents came together to send the message that child abuse has no place in our community.  
The Commercial Waste and Recycling team wishes you and yours a happy holiday season and a 2020 filled with health, happiness and prosperity.