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 Offices
- Conduct a waste audit to determine how much and what kind of waste your office produces. Call Jennifer Silva 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.
- To learn more about business waste reduction & order free posters
- Select a recycling coordinator.
- Conduct a waste audit. Call Jennifer Silva 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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit the site at http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/calMAX/