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Business Recycling

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.

 

Green Tip

Use cloth napkins.It’s actually cheaper to throw cloth napkins in the wash than to buy paper ones.