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Following the three "R"s of recycling is very easy to do: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. At home or at the office, you can participate in all three and encourage your employees to do the same. Below is a list of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle that you can incorporate into your daily life.

At home:

Call your city and ask what type of recycling is available. Set up a recycling area in your house with proper containers. Teach your children about the importance of recycling and how to use the containers.

If you have the yard space, set up a compost pile. Compost your yard waste and kitchen scraps (minus meat products). The resulting compost will be great for your lawn and garden!

Purchase canvas bags to take with you to the grocery store. These durable bags will eliminate the need for plastic or paper bags.

Purchase food items in bulk when you can. Bulk items use less material for packaging. When you get home, divide up the food items into reusable containers.

Purchase products that contain post consumer recycled content.

Contact your local government officials to improve the recycling that is done in your community. The easier they make it for people, the more people will participate!

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For your business:

Think of places in your business where you can use recycled content items, such as janitorial supplies (paper towels and toilet paper), office supplies (toner cartridges and paper), cafeterias (napkins).

Make a goal to add at least one product that contains recycled content per year.

Offer incentives to your suppliers that will earn them more of your business if they offer you recycled content products. This will lower the cost of those products and increase the amount available to purchase!

Install recycling containers to make it easy for your employees to participate. Don't forget other materials such as cans and bottles, your employees will be bringing items from home, such as beverage cans which will be thrown out if there is no place to recycle them.

Track and publicly post how much recycling is done in your building. This will increase awareness among your employees.

Make office policy to have reports produced electronically to save paper. Have all employee training manuals available online.

If you sell a product, see if you can design it to use less material, or eliminate excess packaging.

Reuse material whenever possible. Save boxes to reuse for shipping, reuse file folders.

Install hand dryers in employee restrooms. While saving on paper, this is also more sanitary than using paper towels.

In your cafeteria, use real silverware, cups and plates instead of disposable ones.

Save all packing peanuts from incoming shipments. Even if you don't ship out using them, most shipping outlets will gladly accept them from you.

Donate any unused or obsolete office supplies to local non profit organizations.

Recycling doesn't have to just be at home. Even if you aren't a business owner, speak with management about instituting a recycling program where you work. Spearhead a committee to get it started. Once it becomes easy for people to participate, recycling will become a habit.

Michael Russell (Article Source: Recycling Guide)


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