Offices – Recycling & Waste Reduction

San Ramon

Recycling & Waste Reduction Guidelines for Specific Industry Types

OFFICES – INCREASE RECYCLING AND REDUCE WASTE!

ADOPT GREEN PURCHASING PRACTICES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Buy from local vendors.
  • Start an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program. (see “Buy Recycled” below)
  • Choose products with minimal packaging, have the highest recycled content and are recyclable.
  • Choose supplies that reduce plastic and are easy to reuse or recycle, such as:
    – binder/paper clips
    – paper folders, binders and boxes
    – crumpled/shredded paper for shipping

 

REDUCE PAPER USE:

  • Email documents instead of printing them.
  • Use presentations rather than handouts at meetings.
  • Print on both sides of the paper whenever possible.
  • Take paperless notes on a laptop or tablet.
  • Store files digitally.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Recycling one ton of paper SAVES:*

  • enough energy to power an average U.S. home for six months
  • 7,000 gallons of water
  • 17 trees
  • 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space

*SOURCE: www.EPA.gov

 

REDUCE FOOD PACKAGING WASTE:

  • Encourage reusable mugs for coffee and reusable containers, plates, cups and utensils for lunch/snacks.
  • Avoid offering single-serve/single-use utensils, cups and food items in kitchenettes and break rooms.

 

BUY RECYCLED:

Postconsumer recycled-content products (RCP) reduce pollution,
save landfill space, create California jobs, and support small businesses.

Buying recycled also:

  • Closes the recycling loop and conserves resources.
  • Reduces raw material extraction and preserves wildlife habitat.
  • Reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Helps create market demand and competition.

 

ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE PURCHASING (EPP) CalRecycle’s EPP site provides a collection of available tools and other resources to help individuals and organizations initiate or improve their EPP program.

 

WHERE TO BUY POSTCONSUMER RECYCLED-CONTENT PRODUCTS:

 

KEEP THE RECYCLING STREAM CLEAN!

Garbage and Organics DO NOT belong in the blue recyclables bin/cart. Make sure recyclable plastic, metal and glass food containers are empty and clean before placing them in the blue recyclables bin/cart.

Non-recyclable materials cause contamination, can damage sorting machinery, and result in recyclables in the landfill.

For a complete list of what belongs in the blue recyclables cart and/or bin click here.

Click here for a downloadable/printable version of ACI SR Recycling and Waste Reduction Guidelines for Offices.