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.

Upcoming Events

Mar
10
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 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Film Night - March of the Penguins @ Valley Community for Recycling Solutions | Palmer | Alaska | United States
Director Luc Jacquet — who can’t be over-praised for marshalling a crew with the patience, skill, and dedication required to capture these unforgettable images on film — presents a simple but compelling story that’s every bit as focused and dignified
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