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!

Howard County also has a Work Green Howard cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram for busi­nesses that report their recy­cling. It’s easy and helps our county meet its recy­cling goals. Use the following easy tips for your business.

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.