Many office items and other waste generated at facilities can be recycled!
- beverage containers
- fluorescent tubes
- ink cartridges, toner cartridges, batteries, and electronics
WHY RECYCLE AT THE OFFICE?
- Cut trash collection costs
- Profit from cashing in valuable recyclables
- A step toward meeting ISO standards, LEED, etc.
- Environmental stewardship
START AN OFFICE RECYCLING PROGRAM
- Check out the waste audit page. A waste audit is a helpful process for understanding the components of your waste stream and what proportion could be diverted.
Elements of an effective program:
- Management support
- Adequate bin distribution and proper placement
- Clear signage and communication
- Designated coordinator or green team
See more information and guidance from recycleatwork.org or Earth 911.
Certain hazardous wastes, known as universal waste, can be recycled. By properly recycling universal waste, it is exempt from hazardous waste regulations. Find more information through the Business Environmental Program (BEP). BEP offers free and confidential assistance to existing and prospective businesses.
- make double-sided printing the default
- dedicate a printer to printing only on paper that has already been used on one side
- save paper that is blank on one side for notes
- buy paper with recycled content
- place "These Come From Trees" stickers on paper towel dispensers, printers and copiers (order here)
- add the "Please Consider the Environment Before Printing" message to your emails (get it here)
- Break room practices:
- keep a set of reusable dishes, mugs, and utensils available
- reuse one-sided sheets of paper
- Copy room:
- use re-fillable cartridges
- Donation table:
- a table with free items can be cleared weekly by donating items to charities or non-profits.