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Recycling Statutes and Regulations Every Business Should Know

Whether your business is new to recycling, or you consider your company to be expert recyclers, we find that business owners, managers and Eco-Ambassadors alike usually welcome helpful recycling tips with open arms. Check out our post for 10 useful tips for enhancing your recycling program. Let us know which tips you find the most helpful!

  The United States does not have a nationwide recycling regulation that requires businesses to recycle. Although this is the case, many state and local governments have introduced their own waste and recycling mandates that commercial businesses must follow. As a business owner / manager, it's important to understand exactly what regulations exist in your region. Read on to learn about federal, state, and local recycling regulations and what they mean for your business.

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10 Ways To Enhance Your Recycling Program

Whether your business is new to recycling, or you consider your company to be expert recyclers, we find that business owners, managers and Eco-Ambassadors alike usually welcome helpful recycling tips with open arms. Check out our post for 10 useful tips for enhancing your recycling program.

  10 Ways TO Enhance Your Recycling Program Whether your business is new to recycling, or you consider your company to be expert recyclers, we find that business owners, managers and Eco-Ambassadors alike usually welcome helpful recycling tips with open arms. Whichever end of the spectrum you believe your business falls on, we're providing you with 10 useful tips for enhancing your recycling program:  

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The Facts: Office Workers & Their Waste Generation

From 10,000 sheets of office paper to 500 disposable coffee cups, the average office worker generates a substantial amount of waste every year. Considering the majority of our days are spent in the office, it’s very important to focus on recycling there! Read on to find out how much waste the average office worker generates.

  From 10,000 sheets of office paper to 500 disposable coffee cups, the average office worker generates a substantial amount of waste every year. Considering the majority of our days are spent in the office, it’s just as important to focus on recycling there as it is anywhere else. Below you'll find the top 5 most used items in the office and how much the average office worker generates:

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Happy World Oceans Day 2019

World Oceans Day is an awareness day meant to celebrate the ocean, its importance, and how to protect it. This year, the focus is on "leadership in preventing plastic pollution," and what we can do to help create a healthier ocean. Check out our post to learn more about the day and how your organization can be a leader in preventing plastic pollution!

  HAPPY WORLD OCEANS DAY Each June 8th, World Oceans Day is an awareness day meant to celebrate the ocean, its importance, and what we can do to protect it. In many ways the ocean is the planet's life support system, but things like climate change and mankind's obsession with plastic have had an enormous impact and disastrous consequences on our marine biodiversity. Scientists estimate that if things don't change, in 2050 the ocean will have more plastic by weight than fish. Fortunately, there are lots of smart people out there working towards improving the future of our oceans. The conservation focus for World Oceans Day 2019 is to "demonstrate leadership in preventing plastic pollution and share solutions that inspire and activate the global community". Continue reading to learn more about World Oceans Day 2019 and what your business can do to participate.

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6 Tips To Reduce Landfill Waste At Restaurants & Food Service Businesses

Did you know the average restaurant produces 100,000 pounds of waste per year? We put together some tools and strategies that our customers in the Restaurant / Food Service industry have used to boost their waste diversion rates and lower costs.

  Our readers are often surprised to hear that the average restaurant produces 100,000 pounds of waste materials per year. That's a lot of waste to have to deal with! If you're interested in figuring out the best approach for your unique business, we put together some tools and strategies that our customers in the Restaurant / Food Service industry have used to boost their waste diversion rates and lower costs. Continue reading to learn more!

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50 Interesting Recycling Facts

Did you know, recycling cardboard only takes 75% of the energy required to make new cardboard? Or that each ton of recycled paper can save 17 mature trees? In our blog post, we list 50 interesting recycling facts like these that will surprise you! Let us know which facts you find most surprising.

  If you are an avid recycler or have read our blog posts before, you know there are countless facts and information that prove the benefits of recycling. In this post, we compiled 50 interesting facts that demonstrate how important recycling is. Let us know which facts you find to be the most surprising and share this post with your colleagues who would appreciate this information. Read on to learn more!

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The Life Cycle Of Recyclables

In this post, we wanted to focus on the 'full picture' of recycling, so we created an infographic that details the series of events that occur during the life cycle of your recyclable materials - from generation, to consumption, to turning the recyclables back into new products.

  If you're a frequent reader of our blog, you know we like to include interesting recycling tidbits in our posts, like the fact that you can recycle an aluminum can, and after only 60 days, it will be back on a store shelf. Or for every ton of mixed paper that is recycled, 17 trees are saved. In this post, we wanted to focus on the 'full picture' of recycling, so we created an infographic that details the series of events that occur during the life cycle of your recyclable materials - from generation, to consumption, to turning the recyclables back into new products. Let us know what you think in the comments below and please share with your colleagues who would be interested in learning more about this!

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The Ultimate Guide To The Dos And Don'ts Of Recycling

Have you ever found yourself struggling to grasp the dos and don't of recycling? Check out our newest blog post to learn why recycling tends to be confusing, and how reviewing the dos and don'ts of recycling will help your business maximize the positive impact of your recycling efforts.

  If you've ever found yourself struggling to grasp the dos and don't of recycling, you're not alone. The truth is, recycling best practices change from business to business and city by city. It can be difficult to understand and keep up with the dos and don'ts while your busy focusing on what's most important for your business. An article from HuffPost references a new study by the Grocery Manufacturing Association (GMA) which found 92% of respondents were unclear about what they should put in the recycling bin. So how do you make the dos and don't of recycling more clear for yourself and your employees? It's easier than you think! Continue reading to learn why recycling tends to be confusing for most people, and how spending a few minutes reviewing the dos and don'ts of recycling will help your business maximize the positive impact of your recycling efforts.

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The Benefits Of Using Centralized Collection Points At Businesses

Most business owners or property managers we speak with are surprised when we tell them exchanging desk-side bins for a centralized collection point can improve their staff’s recycling habits and increase diversion!

  Are you disappointed every time you see a coworker toss a recyclable bottle into their personal trash can? Or do you feel like your colleagues are simply accustomed to throwing away waste below their desks without a second thought? If these questions strike a chord, then this post is for you. Most business owners or property managers we speak with are surprised when we explain that exchanging desk-side bins for a centralized collection point can improve their staff’s recycling habits and increase diversion! If this sounds like something that could help improve your business’ recycling efforts, then continue reading to learn more!

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