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Starting an office recycling program

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Establishing an office recycling initiative could reduce the carbon footprint and save your business money.

In the average workplace, 80% to 90% of solid waste is recyclable, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

How to begin one at work:

Start with paper products and beverage containers only. 

Appoint a coordinator to oversee and organize the program.

Be strategic about bin placement. Position them near the trash (or next to each employee’s desk).

Communicate consistently about the goals and accomplishments of the program.

Reach out to your building management. Is there a recycling program already in place elsewhere within the building?

Decide whether to separate each type of recycling, or comingle materials.

Don’t be afraid to get creative.

— Adapted from “How to Start an Office Recycling Program,” Peter Vanden Bos, Inc.

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