Helpful resources about starting a recycling program at a business can be found on Howard County’s Bureau of Environmental Service’s Business Recycling webpage. You’ll find advice on everything from how to get started through ideas for non-traditional items that are still recyclable!
Easy tips that businesses can use include:
Practice Waste Prevention
- Buy only what is needed
- Shop for items with minimal packaging
- Buy quality items that will last and are repairable
- Reduce consumption
- Think before you print. If you must print, print double-sided
- Donate unwanted items
- Explore Freecycle and Craigslist
- Opt out of junk mail
Close The Loop
One vital, yet often overlooked, aspect of recycling is to purchase items containing recycled content — all of those recyclables you put in the recycling container need a market. Encourage your purchasing department to buy supplies made from recycled materials. Prices for items made from recycled material are usually very close, if not cheaper, than items made from virgin materials.
Only Shred When Needed
Shredding paper cuts the paper fibers so that the paper cannot be recycled as many times. Only shred those documents that contain personal/confidential information and truly require shredding. This saves the paper fibers and saves you time at the shredder.