Four R’s of Preventing Waste – Recycle

July 20th, 2011

Today’s post is by Mark Davis; Vice President of Operations and CTO at SafeSourcing. Mark asks "What ways are you recycling today, and what are some new ways your business can recycle?"

Today we will be focusing on the Recycle “R” of the four R’s and touch on some new ways your business can employ recycling to become more green.

Of all of the R’s recycling is most frequently being pursued by both the public and the corporate sectors.   Recycling glass, paper and plastics have been in the works for years and are some of the most frequently recycled products.  Today we will touch on some new ways to recycle these and other materials in your business.

Start with the basics (Recycling bins) – Many offices have started putting recycling bins next to their printers, in their break rooms and scattered throughout the office. This is a great way to begin taking the recycling steps needed to becoming a “greener” organization.  Many times your solid waste removal company will be able to offer bins to help you begin this process.

Junk mail – Hundreds of thousands of tons of junk mail is delivered to companies on an annual basis but few companies have processes in place to recycle that unwanted mail once it comes into the building.  Many waste removal companies can provide you with containers that will allow you collect this junk mail for recycling rather than waste disposal.

Fluorescent bulbs and tubes – It is illegal to dispose of fluorescent bulbs, and there are many companies that can help you properly recycle these items including General Electric, IKEA, Home Depot and Waste Management to name but a few.  These companies will properly recycle these items in a safe manner for your business.

Electronics – Businesses purchase billions of dollars of electronics every year and much of that becomes unusable or obsolete on a frequent basis.  Knowing how to recycle those items can be a huge step to making your company greener.  Sites such as http://www.digitaltips.org/green/corporate-recycling-programs.asp provide lists of companies that will take and recycle your electronic good sno matter what they are.

Office furniture – Companies such as Office Furniture Warehouse (http://www.myofficefurniture.net/buy-back-program.htm) offer programs to buy back your undated or replaced office furniture.  Companies like these will not only come in and professionally remove your furniture but will also give you fair cash value for that furniture and will recycle it back into the next customer’s hand for continued use.

For more information on SafeSourcing and how you can find even more ways to support the Recycling process or purchase from companies who excel in recycling, please contact a Customer Service Representative.

We hope you have enjoyed this week’s series and look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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