Whether you are looking to start or expand your recycling program, here are five simple steps to get your business or organization on the right recycling track:
Step 1: Look in the bin
Take a look in the trash bins inside and outside of your business—you might just be throwing away money.
- Perform a quick visual assessment of trash bins and containers and write down the most common recyclable materials you find.
- Visit the Resources page to find organizations that provide waste audit services for businesses or use our resources to conduct your own waste sort. Also, some waste haulers will provide a waste audit to identify recycling opportunities.
2. Talk to your trash hauler
Make sure you’re getting the most out of your business’s recycling program.
- Call your hauler to ask about recycling collection and materials accepted or check the Commercial Recycling Service Providers. You can also use the Business Recycling Guide to find recycling drop-off centers or pick-up services.
- If you increase recycling collection, ask your hauler for a smaller trash dumpster or reduce collection frequency to reduce your costs.
3. Start or expand recycling
Well-placed recycling bins and informed employees that know what to recycle will help make your program a success.
- Place a separate recycling bin next to all regular trash containers.
- Label your recycling and trash bins, so employees and visitors know what types of items to recycle.
- Train staff on what to throw away, and what and where to recycle and where. Employee participation and training is critical to success.
- See if organics recycling is right for your business.