Recycling in your business is equally as important as recycling at home.
Of course, the first answer is paper.
Much of today's discarded material, especially paper, comes from businesses. Commercial sources like office buildings, schools, and institutions, make up about 35 to 45 percent of all municipal solid waste, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And, about 93 percent of all office waste by weight is paper. Most of this can be recycled.
Less than half of all office paper is recycled. To boost the amount of recycled materials available for new products, more office paper and other paper products need recycled. Get your company on board!
Conduct an audit to determine the amount and types of materials that are recoverable or recyclable. For most offices this will mean a variety of papers. An audit also provides information about where most of the recyclables are generated in the company.
Identify all materials that are recyclable. Evaluate how much can be recycled, and how recyclables might best be separated for collection. Target the materials that are most abundant in the recycling stream and will be the easiest to separate for recovery.
Your recycling company can provide information about the types of materials they accept. Work with them to determine how recycling specific materials might impact your current hauling contract, services and costs.
If your company is a tenant in a large office building, the building owners or management company may contract with a recycler. If a recycler is not able to accept materials you want to recycle, contact a local recycling center. Smaller companies may want to consider drop-off recycling.
They are a recycling program's most valuable asset. Educate employees, talk up the recycling program, and get the word out. Communicate positively, clearly, and often. Consider these tips: