Monday, March 23, 2009

Tips for Waste Reduction & Recycling

Being careful about what you buy, consume, and throw away may not seem all that exciting even for the most committed environmental steward. But efficient daily practices and a little old fashioned common sense are good for the environment and your bottom line. Use this checklist to see how many waste management and recycling practices you’ve implemented. Then make a plan of action to expand your efforts.
  • Make waste reduction a priority in the way you manage your business/school/golf course/cemetery/home.
  • Measure the volume or weight of the garbage you generate and set measurable reduction targets.
  • Evaluate the waste you generate to identify and reduce your greatest sources of waste.
  • Reject wasteful consumption by carefully considering what you need and buying products that last.
  • Purchase products with minimal packaging or packaging that can be recycled, or buy in bulk.
  • Eliminate unnecessary paper consumption by posting office announcements in central locations, using e-mail, sharing and circulating documents, and using two-sided copies.
  • Encourage the use of cloth napkins, cloth lunch bags, sponges/dish rags, reusable plates, and reusable coffee filters instead of paper alternatives.
  • Reuse shipping and packing materials, draft paper, and interoffice envelopes that would normally be disposed of after one use.
  • Repair or donate older or unwanted equipment and household goods to local charitable groups, rather than dispose of them.
  • Purchase durable furniture and equipment or products made of recycled material to reduce waste from inferior products.
  • Purchase recycled or refillable products instead of one-time use office supply products (e.g., refillable tape dispensers, laser cartridges, typewriter ribbons, pens, reusable coffee mugs).
  • Purchase recycled paper products, such as copy paper, printed materials, bathroom tissue, etc.
  • Choose recycled paper for printed materials such as brochures, annual reports and marketing materials.
  • Set up a recycling program that includes collection and recycling of paper, glass, cardboard, aluminum, tin, and plastic.
  • Set up recycling receptacles with well-written instructions in convenient locations to encourage employee and guest use. Actively encourage participation in recycling efforts and strive for at least 75%participation.
  • Compost outdoor wastes such as grass clippings, leaves, and tree limbs, on site, or send them to local composting facilities.

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