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Garbage and Recycling: Business Garbage

Every business will have a different mix of items in their dumpster. Responsible disposal of that will help your bottom line in the long run.  


OK. You are doing as much as you can recycling, reusing and reducing your waste. You can go to our Businesses Recycling section for more ideas.
    What now? You still have waste and this waste can neither be easily recycled nor reused. We suggest you approach this waste in a few stages:
  • Evaluate your product.
  • Evaluate vendors.
  • Retask waste.
  • Create products from waste.
  • Last resort. Throw it away.
Evaluate Your Product:
Your unique product is what sets you apart from the competition. We will never suggest changing your product so that it becomes less competitive in your market. That is bad for business.
     We merely have you ask one question: "Can we make the same or better quality product and reduce the amount of waste generated?" Whether that product generates hazardous, toxic or any other type of waste, can it be less?

Evaluate Vendors:
We talked about evaluating vendors in our Business Recycling section. However, that was mostly about packaging and shipping of your materials. Here we encourage you to ask a few more questions.
     Do the materials you receive from your vendors have toxic substances in them? Does this make your product unrecyclable or a toxic waste? Does the vendor have alternative products that will make your product more environmentally benign? What parts of your process will you have to change to use these alternatives? Can we afford to make a change? Can we afford not to make a change? If our product sells more, will we always be able to get enough of the vendors product.

Retask Waste.
It may be hard to think that something that has always been waste is useful. You never know what can be useful until you and your employees put your heads together. For example, waste paper in libraries is used as note pads for patrons.
    The main thing to look at is if this scrape can be used in a way to save time and/or money. 
Create Products From Waste.
Growth is usually the ultimate goal of business. We have seen examples of many businesses selling extra products just from evaluating their waste. The result usually adds to the companies bottom line and subtract from your waste stream.
     An example might be that a vendor sells you something with extra parts that you usually throw away. Those extra parts may have a market. Another example is a chemical company makes a new sellable chemical from the waste of their main product. There are many possibilities.

Last Resort. Throw It Away.
After you have looked at every possibility, you still may need to dispose of unusual, toxic or hazardous waste. Some of these wastes may include fluorescent light tubes, paint, electronics not part of e-cycle, office furniture and so on. 
     A great resource to begin with is your garbage service provider. A few minutes on the phone or on their web site will tell you what they can and can not accept. They should also be able to provide you with information on disposal of the things they do not accept at the landfill.

If you have unusual disposal items these links may also help.


Items in our "Waste and Recycling" section.

  • Recycle Centers:
    Home Recycling ________________
  • Composters:
    Home Recycling ________________
  • Vermicomposters:
    Home Recycling ________________
  • Garbage Bags:
    Home Recycling ________________
  • Recycle Kits:
    Home Recycling ________________


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