Solid Waste/Recycling: Guide and Project Ideas for Annual Reporting
2010 tour of the Waste-Not Recycling facility
- Start solid waste/recycling program
- Internal materials reuse program
- Purchase in bulk
- Use silverware instead of plastic
- Construction and demolition recycling
- Hold “Zero Waste” meetings and events
- Reuse through donations or repurposing of equipment
- Implement a composting program
Example of Completed Project
Project Name: Aluminum and Glass Recycling
Details: We implemented a recycling program for aluminum and glass that was previously landfilled. We collect each in a separate 65 gal container that is picked up bi-weekly.
Aluminum: 65 gal * 26 wks/yr = 1,690 gal recycled
Green Team Real Estate
After implementing a paperless office program which includes electronic document signing and an electronic transaction management system, no documents are printed except property information sheets for clients. This project saves 60 pounds of paper waste annually.
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
Setting up a program with Aveda Institute in Denver to recycle all plastic caps from margarita mix bottles, triple sec bottles, and pour spouts from tequila bottles has diverted 150 lbs of plastic from the landfill.
Dream Theater Colorado
By taking all cardboard packaging materials from every on site audio/TV installation back to the shop, Dream Theater Colorado is able to store this material until a recycling truck comes 4 times a year to take the cardboard to the Recycle Center at Ram Waste. 2000 pounds of cardboard is recycled annually.
Rio Grande Restaurant
Composting and Recycling
Columbine Health Systems
Green success stories - Education, Engagement & Financial Impact
Other sources for project ideas…
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