11 Overlooked Opportunities for Office Recycling

By Maggie Caldwell | May 2, 2014

So you're already recycling all of your office paper, boxes, plastic bottles, and shrink wrap, and now you want to make the next step in reducing your solid waste stream. Start by really taking a look around the office. Are you really recycling everything you think you are? How? Are there recycling bins at each desk? What are they designed to collect? What do you see in your waste bin?

Next think about items in the waste bin you don't put in the recycling bin. Take a look in the cabinets and drawers at all the things that need to be thrown out some day. Everything you see - from that box of paper clips to outdated laptops - can be reused or recycled in some way. You may have to get creative, but that's what the path to zero waste is all about: finding creative solutions to divert ALL materials from our landfills and incinerators. 

Take a look at these 11 common items that are often overlooked as office recycling opportunities. Do you already recycle them? Tweet us @federalrecycles to tell us about your overlooked recyclables.

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If You Aren't Buy Recycled Products, You Aren't Recycling!

By Maggie Caldwell | April 16, 2014

You believe in recycling. You can’t, in good conscience, toss a soda can in the trash. Your recycling bin at home is overflowing by trash day each week. At work, you diligently sort paper, plastic, and glass into the proper bins. You are our teachers, our corporate management, our small business owners, our children, our parents. You care about the environment and believe you’re doing what you can to conserve our resources.

But when you go to the store, do you buy toilet paper made from trees? Is your copy paper made from trees? If you don’t buy recycled products, are you really recycling? The answer is a resounding NO! Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. talked about this in an interview with Marianne Schnall:

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What is Zero Waste?

By Maggie Caldwell | April 14, 2014

“Zero waste” sounds like a self-explaining concept, a somewhat utopian-sounding garbage-free goal. But in reality, zero waste is a philosophy. It’s a top-down approach to eliminating as much refuse as possible through design. Taking landfills and incinerators out of the picture and re-inventing processes and products that mimic nature’s ecosystems – systems that are naturally closed-loop and waste-free.

Does Zero Waste Allow for Trash?

Yes – it may come as a surprise, but some amount of waste is expected even in a “zero waste” environment. Municipalities, corporations, and households alike setting out to move toward a zero waste environment analyze their waste streams and set a landfill diversion, or zero waste, target. How much varies. For example, in 2011 Seattle set a zero waste goal of 70% by 2025. General Motors achieved a 97% landfill diversion rate in daily operation activities at 83 of its manufacturing facilities. (They do not factor construction or remediation waste into this data.) Many companies follow guidelines set by the Zero Waste International Association; they certify companies that have achieved a minimum landfill diversion rate of 90% as as zero waste businesses.

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The Green Challenge: Corporate and Industrial Waste Diversion

By John Daniel | March 17, 2014

Here at Federal International we are passionately committed to diverting more than 90% of commercial waste away from landfills.

That’s our promise and it’s why they call us Mother Nature’s Workforce. We firmly believe every business, school and government organization in this community and others nationwide can do a much better job with the waste we create.  We don’t own a landfill and will do everything we can to find a way to recycling any type of material before imminent disposal.  Our Green Challenge Recycling Program is all about helping your organization meet or beat a 90% recycling rate.

It’s easy to get started. All you need to do is make contact with us by registering for the challenge below. We’ll call you and conduct a brief interview to gather some information. Then we’ll send out one of our professional recycling auditors to assess your waste stream. We’ll probably take some pictures and provide you a environmental impact report – your Green Challenge Report Card.

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