Businesses play an important role in the success of any community's recycling programs and initiatives. Every type of business, from offices to restaurants to car washes and sport complexes, create materials that can be recycled. The following information will help your business implement a successful recycling program.
Howard County is required annually by Maryland Department of the Environment to report recycling activities taking place within the County. If you generated or processed recyclables in Howard County in the previous year, please visit our MRA webpage for more information about reporting and becoming Work Green Howard certified.
Contact Person or Team: Make sure you have an individual or team to coordinate the recycling program. They will be the point of contact for questions about the program.
Types of Waste: Identify the types of recyclable items your business produces - is it mostly cardboard? Paper? Bottles? Cans? How much trash does your workplace dispose of each week & how much of that is recyclable? Consider factors such as container size & collection frequency that will best meet your needs. Don't forget that there are many items that can be recycled, but may not be collected curbside.
Plan for Collection: Contact local recycling collection contractors (see below) and establish which one has the best program for your needs & budget. Make sure you clearly understand what the contractor can and cannot accept. Programs may have slight variations.
Location, Location, Location: Select the location for your outdoor recycling pickup container. Make sure it is clearly marked for recyclable materials only; you want to make sure that trash is kept in a separate container.
Measure: Conduct a waste audit to determine areas of improvement. Take a look in the recycling containers and trash cans; Do you see recyclables in the trash? Trash in the recycling containers? If so, make sure recycling containers are paired with trashcans, are clearly labeled and are centrally located. Contact the County recycling division for additional technical support or to set-up a brief recycling presentation for employees.
Maintain: Monitor your program for participation and quality, create contests or incentives to recycle and publicize successes to maintain enthusiasm for the program. Remember: more recycling means less trash and lower trash disposal costs for your business.
Businesses may find it cost effective and efficient to contract with a waste disposal company that handles trash and recycling. In many cases, recycling can be a way to save money on trash disposal costs. Information about additional trash and recycling collection companies can be found online and in the yellow pages.
Small businesses can also drop off recyclables at the Alpha Ridge Landfill, 2350 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, 21104. Businesses no longer need a permit to drop off recycling, but material must be generated within Howard County.
Visit our What Should I Do With...? website for many more ideas! Note: Items listed below can often be collected for recycling through a contract with a specialty recycling company.
What's better than recycling? Reuse! Check out BoxCycle and ABCBoxes to donate boxes, or get reusable boxes. If you can't reuse boxes, cardboard can be recycled at the Alpha Ridge Residents' Convenience Center. Please flatten cardboard boxes and remove Styrofoam packaging. Styrofoam #6 can be recycled at Alpha Ridge Landfill.
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs
Consider retail take-back programs offered by Best Buy and Office Depot and charitable programs such as the Lazarus Foundation for reuse and recycling.Click here for additional options.
Furniture and Office Partitions
Have old office furniture or cubicle partitions you want to get rid of? Check out these companies that refurbish those items and give them another life. Or, if you're in the market for furniture and office partitions, buy used and save $$. Gerstel.com, Ethosource.com, Restyle.com, Omegatc.com. Also, see below the Moving, Expanding, Renovating section.
Ink & Toner Cartridges
Donate used ink/toner cartridges to the Davis Road animal shelter for fundraising. Staples and Office Depot collect cartridges for recycling and refilling. Or, request FREE mail-in boxes from Waste Management. Toner cartridges may also include a prepaid mailing label in each box. Simply open the new box, put the old cartridge in the new box, seal shut, affix the prepaid shipping label and send the box with outgoing packages.
Here's a paint calculator to avoid leftovers. Mix white (or colored) paints together to give walls or furniture a fresh look. Solidify old and unusable paint by adding an absorbent material such as cat litter, shredded newspaper, leaves, sawdust, dirt or a paint hardener. If there isn't much paint left in the can, leave the lid off to air dry. Once solidified, place it in the regular trash. You can also contact Yuck Old Paint and ask for a pickup.
Call2Recycle offers a free mail-in program and drop-off program for collecting rechargeable batteries. Sign-up to receive prepaid mailing boxes and bags for batteries.
Residents and businesses can bring Styrofoam #6 to Alpha Ridge Landfill for recycling. Just look for the special trailer. Please NO packing peanuts.
Styrofoam Packing Peanuts
Many programs do not accept Styrofoam for recycling. To keep those packing peanuts out of the landfill, return them to a FedEx or UPS store or save them for your business to reuse.
Practice Waste Prevention
Close The Loop!
All of those recyclables you put in the recycling container need a market. Encourage your purchasing department to buy supplies that are made from recycled materials. Prices for items made from recycled material are usually very close, if not cheaper, than items made from virgin materials.
Only Shred When Needed
Shredding paper cuts the paper fibers so that the paper cannot be recycled as many times. Only shred those documents that contain personal/confidential information and truly require shredding. This saves the paper fibers and saves you time at the shredder. Please remember that shredded paper must be bagged or boxed before placed in the recycling container.
Reduce Your Junk Mail
Still receiving mail for employees that no longer work for the company? Visit www.ecologicalmail.org for more information about a free service to stop receiving previous employees' mail.
There are many resources for reusing and recycling office furniture, office supplies and construction/renovation debris. Here's an article about the benefits! Check out these links for office items: ReForm, Gerstel Office Furniture, Omega Trading Company, Kane Company or Schoenbauer. These companies provide services for businesses who wish to get rid of office furniture as well as those who need office furniture. Use refurbished and save money! For construction and renovation options, please visit our C&D webpage.
General Information: Learn more about food waste recycling on the EPA's Food Scrap website.
Business Composting: Want to start a compost program at work? Visit The Natural Resources Defense Council to learn more about food waste collection. And, check out these food waste contractors: Bates Trucking, EnviRelation, Veteran Compost, or Waste Neutral.
Event Composting: Want to compost at an event? Check out the Northeast Recycling Council's Special Events Food Waste Diversion Guide.
WasteWise Program Businesses, local governments, and non-profit organizations of all sizes and from all industry sectors can join WasteWise. WasteWise targets the reduction of municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, including office paper, corrugated containers, yard trimmings and wood pallets. For more information, visit EPA's WasteWise website.
Rethink: Sustainable materials management – the use and reuse of materials in the most productive and sustainable way across their entire life cycle. For more information, visit the EPA’s Rethink website.
Help build a smarter, greener, more sustainable Maryland by putting these practices to work right in your organization. The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary, self-certification program offering tips and resources to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability. Visit www.mde.state.md.us for more information.
Contact the recycling division at 410-313-6444 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or requests for assistance with your recycling program.
Note: Howard County does not endorse products, services or vendors.
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