Providing well-labeled recycling bins in kitchen and office spaces makes it easy to recycle. Recycling allows materials, such as bottles, cans, glass and newspapers, to be reused, instead of discarded. Recycling is one of many initial steps to promoting a more sustainable workplace.
Conveniently locating recycling bins in kitchens and offices increases participation in recycling programs. Recycling prevents materials such as bottles, cans, and newspapers from going to landfills or incinerators. Instead, they are remanufactured into new products, saving energy and natural resources in the process. In Massachusetts, soft drink cans, beer bottles, and mineral water bottles can be recycled for a 5 cent rebate, which can help to fund waste reduction training for employees or purchase more recycling bins.
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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- A Better City
- Au Bon Pain
- Beacon Capital Partners
- Bella Luna
- BioMed Realty Trust
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Examples of Boston Area Restaurants Recycling
A Small Sample of Providers around Boston
- Waste Management
- Save That Stuff
- Clean Way Waste Services
- ABC Disposal
- Amazon – Recycling Bins
- EPA: Sustainable Materials Management
- EPA Fact Sheets: Commercial and Office Recycling | The Massachusetts Recycling Economy
- Mass Recycle
In The News
- “Getting paid to save energy, recycle? Incentives expand” USA Today, March 2010
- “Boston’s Taranta: A Green Restaurant Success Story” Cooking for Profit