There are many things you can do to reduce and recycle waste at your business, school, apartment, institution or organization. A robust recycling program benefits the local economy, protects our environment, conserves energy & natural resources, and can help demonstrate your organization’s commitment to sustainability and the community. Furthermore, the Minnesota commercial recycling law requires most businesses who collect four or more cubic yards of waste per week to recycle at least three types of materials.
After helping thousands of businesses, we’ve identified these best practices as the most simple and effective actions for any business to reduce waste and recycle better. By implementing these simple steps you’ll be well on your way to clean recycling streams and reduced waste management costs.
Standardize Trash, Recycling, and Organics (Food Waste) Bins
Our research shows that clear bin placement is the single, most effective action you can take.
Educate Staff or Residents
Recycling is simple and hard at the same time, mostly because what is or is not recyclable is hyper local to the area where you live or work. However, when people learn what and how to recycle, participation increases, and most are happy to do so.
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Conduct Waste Audits
A waste audit is a sophisticated dumpster dive to analyze and understand what is being thrown away and if it has been separated into the proper waste stream. Waste audits can help you measure and manage your program. Waste audits are especially important for large generators of waste.
Single-Sort or “Mixed” Recycling
This refers to a collection method in which many types of recyclable items are collected in one container for transportation to a recycling processing center. The following are some helpful tips for single stream recycling.
Whether there is a surplus of food or large quantities of food scraps in your trash, food waste is a concern for many businesses, schools and organizations. The following are a few actions you can take to play your part in preventing food waste.
Learn best practices in waste, recycling and organics management for your industry. For customized recommendations for your business and grant funding to implement best practices schedule a visit with a Recycling Expert.
Food + Beverage
Restaurants, cafes, bars, and other food service businesses have unique recycling and waste management needs, but they also have unique opportunities to drastically reduce waste (and trash expenses) by implementing an organics collection program. View best practices and learn how other local businesses have worked with BizRecycling to improve operations at their restaurants and breweries.
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