Workplace Recycling Tips

  1. Put a small recycling bin beside your desk. If you have co-mingled recycling collection at your workplace, the following items can be placed in your desk-side bin: mixed paper (i.e. newspapers, magazines, catalogs, envelopes, and sticky notes), plastic bottles #1-7 (with a neck), aluminum cans, and cardboard.
  2. Take your lunch to work in a reusable container. Use real plates and silverware, instead of disposable products.
  3. Use reusable grocery bags. Keep reusable grocery bags at your desk in case you need to do some shopping for home or office.
  4. Reuse blank sides of paper for planning and to-do lists.
  5. Try out worm composting (PDF). An office worm farm is a great way to dispose of food scraps around the office.
  6. Use your own mug or cup instead of disposable products.
  7. Paper waste can be reduced by using email instead of faxes/mail.
  8. Print all unimportant documents double sided. This will greatly reduce the amount of paper used.
  9. Invest in rechargeable batteries and battery chargers.
  10. Create a collection area for batteries, fluorescent light bulbs (including CFL), printer cartridges, and cell phones. Bring these to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at the Terrace Heights Landfill (appointments are required for businesses 509-574-2450).
  11. Recycle your electronic waste.
  12. Fight junk mail. Take steps to reduce the amount of junk mail that your office receives.
  13. Buy recycled content and recyclable products. Buy recycled toner cartridges and send your spent toner cartridges to be recycled.