The Big Picture on Paper

With paper comprising up to 40% of the municipal solid waste stream, paper recycling is an obvious and easy way to reduce waste in the workplace. By recycling paper and using recycled paper, trees are spared – every ton of paper made from recycled fiber saves approximately 17 trees. Cutting down carbon-absorbing trees contributes to global warming, soil erosion, habitat destruction, and other environmental problems. Paper recycling also makes good business sense. Disposal costs can dramatically decrease with the addition of a paper recycling program.

A variety of items can be picked up from businesses for free. Please call your local hauler for details.

Waste Reduction Ideas for Office

  • Conduct a waste audit to determine how much and what kind of waste your office produces. Call Rebekkah Mendez at 468-9710 for a free business waste audit.
  • Use recyclable and recycled toner cartridges in laser printers and copy machines.
  • Use “post-it fax notes”, half page fax covers, or purchase fax machines that print the routing information on the top of the page.
  • Do two sided printing and copying.
  • Determine if your office purchases and uses supplies that have recycled content, are recyclable, or have a recyclable/recycled substitute.
  • Make only the copies you need.
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How to set up a Paper Recycling Program

  • Select a recycling coordinator.
  • Conduct a waste audit. Call Rebekkah Mendez at 468-9710 for a free business waste audit.
  • Determine which materials to collect for recycling.
  • Arrange for collection or drop-off of recyclables.
  • Design your collection system – label bins & set up collection sites.
  • Announce your program and promote.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

This page explains in detail the new law requiring California commercial business to recycle organic material, like yard waste, food waste and food soiled paper. The organics law requires certain businesses and multifamily complexes to arrange for organic waste recycling services. Visit the page below for further details:

Buy Recycled

Post-consumer recycled are products made from materials collected from curbside and drop-off recycling programs. Products include office supplies, packaging, building materials and clothing.
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Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling

Are you building, remodeling, or demolishing in Mendocino County? If so, you may be required to fill out a Construction and Demolition plan.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste is a significant and growing part of the disposed waste stream in California; it makes up approximately 28% of the disposed waste. C&D materials are generated in the construction and demolition of residential and commercial buildings, roads, tenant improvements and remodels, landscaping and site clearing activities.

Reducing the amount of C&D materials disposed in the landfill will help Mendocino County jurisdictions meet California’s AB939 waste reduction mandate. Salvaging, reusing, and recycling C&D materials can reduce disposal costs, extend the life of landfills, save natural resources and create jobs.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

State recycling regulations require that all businesses generating at least four (4) cubic yards of garbage per week and all multi-family complexes with at least 5 units are required to recycle.   Promoting commercial recycling helps keep recyclable materials out of landfills which conserves resources, extends the life of landfills and reduces the potential generation of greenhouse gases. To learn more, click here.”

CAL MAX California Materials Exchange

California’s very own Materials Exchange Website. Many businesses and other organizations around the state generate materials they have no need for, but can be used by other individuals or businesses. As a result, the California Material Exchange (CalMax) was designed as a free service to help businesses statewide find markets for non-hazardous materials. It includes materials ranging from windows to burlap sacks to classroom desks and other furniture. Items are listed as either currently available or wanted.
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Components of C&D Waste

The average composition of construction and demolition waste, as disposed is illustrated in the following chart. Most of these materials could be diverted from disposal and either reused or recycled.chart_cd