Harmony Enterprises is always proud to feature customers who have achieved success in their recycling and waste handling operations, but are especially excited to promote those that have their own environmental and social mission driving their business. Elroy’s Fine Foods, located in beautiful Monterey, CA, is just that business.
When owners Chloe Chloé and Jay Dolata first envisioned what Elroy’s would become, they wanted to build a market that was the whole package: A beautiful store that not only sold incredible foods, but also prioritized environmental and social responsibility, all while serving as a vibrant community market and hangout. The result has been a a welcoming and modern store complete with community bar and indoor/outdoor seating, unmatched customer service and concierge, and a commitment to supporting environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and BIPOC- and women-owned businesses.
The standard of quality established at Elroy’s ensures a positive customer experience. They go through the work of tasting and testing every product before it is allowed to be sold in their market. Through this process, they have banned 47 “nasty” chemicals from their product line, helping to promote good health and environmental sustainability.
Like most small businesses, Elroy’s growth and prosperity created unique challenges with waste handling and recycling. As a grocer offering so many fresh farmers-market produce, bulk food, fresh meat, and fine cheese options, there was naturally an increase of cardboard boxes that needed to be recycled. Rather than add to growing waste in the landfill and emissions given off by extra trips of hauling trucks, Elroy’s reached out to Harmony for a recycling baler for their cardboard.
Harmony’s helpful sales team worked with the staff at Elroy’s, using our Proven Process. They listened to the needs of the small grocer, proposed the right solution for them, and helped them implement that solution in a seamless integration.
For Elroy’s the solution was a Harmony M30STD Vertical Baler. This dynamic small baler is ideal for small grocers, taking up little backroom space, and creating manageable 24″ x 30″ x ≤ 25″ bales weight up to 145 lbs. This allows them to easily maneuver them throughout their facility for storage and transport.
According to General Manager, Abby Ellis, “We’re thrilled with the baler. It’s doing everything I’d hoped at the right cost, and will help us streamline our cardboard waste and reduce our disposal costs.”
We were really pleased with the help we got from customer support in setting up the baler and getting it running!”
“Before implementing the M30STD, we had an overflowing dumpster of cardboard that required two disposal calls per week. Now that we’re producing 2-3 bales per week, our waste area behind the store is much neater and safer. The cost of cardboard disposal has decreased by about $50 per week, which is a huge deal to a new small business like us. The bales themselves are such a manageable size that we can use a furniture dolly to transport them across the alley to await pickup, and can be made easily and safely by our smallest employee!”
-Abby Ellis, General Manager
Elroy’s Fine Foods
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