Sustainable Environment

Waste & Recycling

As a provider of scientifically based horticultural and environmental services, Davey generates a significant amount of wood waste, producing more than one million tonnes of wood waste each year. Wood waste accounts for nearly 100 percent of Davey’s total waste. As responsible stewards of our natural environment, we are committed to decreasing our waste footprint.

Currently, we do not track or report on office waste or hazardous waste as they are not material topics. Each of our offices does follow a recycling program for their office waste and we are an insignificant producer of hazardous waste generating less than 30 gallons total in 2018.

Management Approach

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While we strive to reuse or recycle 100 percent of our generated wood waste, not all wood waste is recyclable. Due to regulations and health concerns with disease or insect-infested wood, we can only recycle approximately 93 percent of our wood waste.

Wood waste is managed at the facility level, with each facility manager responsible for reusing, recycling or disposing of waste, while complying with all laws and regulations regarding proper disposal of hazardous waste and pollution prevention. In several markets, our operations are consolidating wood waste and partnering with local mulching companies. In other markets, wood waste is diverted on a site-to-site basis. Often, Davey facilities will donate waste to local partners in need of wood, such as youth camps, or spread wood chips onto utility line rights-of-way.

Each year, we estimate wood waste based on the amount of wood produced by labor hour by service line. Estimating our wood waste helps account for our total waste footprint as we continually work to find new ways to reduce and recycle wood.

Custom Metric

Annual Wood Waste (Yards)

Wood Waste Generated  (Yards) Wood Waste Recycled (%)
Landscaping 215,363 85
Tree Surgery 2,165,935 85
Utility 3,688,625 98

Trees Help Us Breathe Better

The rate of asthma fell by 25% for every extra 340 trees per square kilometer. Simply put, childhood asthma rates are highest in parts of cities where tree density is lowest.