Guide for Business

(sub)business

Steps to Setting up Recycling for your Business or Office

Evaluate

  • What supplies are purchased by the business?
  • Review purchase receipts
  • What is thrown away?
  • Review waste removal services and receipts
  • What items are accepted at the VCRS recycling center?

Plan

  • How can you “Reduce” & “Reuse” items?
  • What will you recycle?
  • Look at the building floor plan – identify space for containers & storage.
  • Decide on type of recycling bins
  • How will you handle larger items such as corrugated cardboard?
  • Build a team of recycler’s
  • How will recyclables be transported, how often?

Educate

  • Enlist employees who may be experienced recyclers to educate your staff
  • Post signs about the recycling program & benefits of recycling
  • Identify recycling bins and label them clearly
  • Check the web and VCRS for recycling information

Practice – Recycle it!

  • Separate recyclables from waste products
  • Place recyclables in clearly marked recycle bins
  • Sort, bundle, remove caps from plastic bottles, etcetera
  • Make recycling a standard office procedure through policy
  • Encourage reducing: Make double-side copies
  • Communicate electronically
  • Resist the urge to print emails
  • Circulate and post memorandums
  • Purchase wisely: Encourage purchase of products containing recycled materials.
  • Buy in bulk when you can

Transport

  • Take recyclables to your community recycling center
  • Conserve fuel – haul recyclables only when containers are full or combine with other trips
  • Seek other small businesses to combine recycling efforts

See also Recycling Guide for the Home.

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Upcoming Events

Jan
6
Fri
6:30 pm Winter Film Night – Minimalism @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Winter Film Night – Minimalism @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Jan 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Winter Film Night - Minimalism @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions | Palmer | Alaska | United States
“How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists,
Feb
3
Fri
6:00 pm Winter Film Night – COOL IT @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Winter Film Night – COOL IT @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Film Night - COOL IT @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions | Palmer | Alaska | United States
“Climate catastrophe? The end of civilization as we know it? Are the current staggeringly expensive actions now being considered really helping to save the world – or are we just burning money? In this “eye-opening” (Los Angeles Times) documentary, author
Mar
3
Fri
6:30 pm Winter Film Night – March of the... @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Winter Film Night – March of the... @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Film Night - March of the Penguins @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions | Palmer | Alaska | United States
“This breathtakingly beautiful documentary chronicles the heroic and harrowing journey that emperor penguins make amid subfreezing temperatures and violent snowstorms at the South Pole in order to mate. It’s a scientific enigma that these flightless aquatic birds leave, at summer’s
Apr
7
Fri
6:30 pm Winter Film Night – Food, Inc. @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Winter Film Night – Food, Inc. @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions
Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Film Night - Food, Inc. @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions | Palmer | Alaska | United States
“Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing how our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety