Trash Reduction Tips for Businesses
Set Up A Recycling Program
Place bins for paper, plastic and glass around the office to encourage employees to recycle throughout the day.
Keep dumpster lids closed
Keeping dumpster lids closed and in proper working condition minimizes storm water’s ability to impact the trash inside.
Dispose of litter
Regular sweeping of any impervious surface, especially around storm drains, may prevent storm water pollution.
Volunteer for the Department of Transportation Adopt-a-Highway program to pick up litter along our highways. It’s a way for environmentally conscious companies help keep trash off the roadways and litter out of our storm drains.
Purchase Green in the Office
Before purchasing office supplies like paper, light bulbs and even electronics, check to see if there’s a more eco-friendly option. Choose recycled paper and look for the ENERGY STAR logo when purchasing appliances.
Default to Double-Sided Printing
Set your printer default to double-sided and your ink to black and white (or the most eco-friendly option your printer has) to reduce the amount of paper and ink your company uses.
Designate a Composting Area
Using office waste like non-bleached paper and coffee grounds, set up a composting area. This will decrease the negative footprint of your business and reduce the need for fertilizers and chemicals on site.
Clear All Landscaped Areas
Keep all gutters, swales and ditches free of litter, rubbish and debris.
Choose Deconstruction Over Demolition
By choosing deconstruction on a project, you reduce the amount of toxic dust released into the environment. You can also give the items in good shape, like cabinetry, hardware and appliances, new life by reusing or donating them.
Plan Ahead on Your Work Site
Measure all materials, order only what you need and conduct regular inventory checks. Account for waste anticipated and designate areas for trash, donation and recycle bins.