Read the full post from the Iowa Waste Reduction Center.
We often share stories about businesses that are able to become landfill-free, reduce their environmental footprint or improve waste reduction. These efforts have made significant economic and environmental advancements for businesses, large and small but we have never really outlined the steps it takes to get there.
With the difficulties and rising costs of managing waste, businesses are recognizing that reducing waste ends up reducing the need for raw materials, office supplies and even equipment. Another huge benefit is the cost savings from reducing disposal costs. Businesses can achieve greater overall efficiency, a positive public image and save money.
If your business is serious about wanting to reduce its waste, the first step would be to develop a waste reduction plan. Plans can range from simple one-step recycling plans to complex strategies focusing on all aspects of operation. Whether you want to develop a simple or complex plan, here are the basic steps to get started.
Read the full post at Waste360.
It seems that every year electronic devices are getting smaller and thinner, yet they pack in more functions and versatility. While this is great for consumers wanting the latest products, it has different consequences for those of us concerned about recycling electronics at their end of life.
Read the full story in the Daily Illini.
In an effort to make campus more eco-friendly and closer to a zero-waste initiative, 20 new recycling bins with standardized signage were installed on the Quad this month, making 30 total recycling/landfill stations.
The project was completed by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). According to the project’s leader Bart Bartels, technical assistance engineer at ISTC, the center makes recommendations and completes projects aiming to reduce waste emissions on campus.
This zero-waste initiative is part of the goal of the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), the University’s mission to make campus carbon neutral by 2050.
Read the full story in CityLab.
On Wednesday, which was also Earth Day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasioannounced a vision to overhaul the city’s garbage disposal and recycling program as a part of his 10-year “OneNYC” plan. He has two big goals: to reduce commercial waste disposal 90 percent by 2030, and to minimize the waste generated and sent out to far-away landfills. Given the city’s visible garbage problem, this plan is long overdue.
Read the full post at GreenBiz.
Diverting the world’s estimated 12 million tons of daily waste is no easy task. Today’s waste management strategies are often costly, cumbersome and bad for our environment.
In order to really reduce impacts on the environment while increasing profitability, companies need to aggressively shift the focus from waste management to waste prevention.
In their article “5 ways to reduce waste and costs on your company’s campus”, authors Monique Dubos, Anna Arkin and Matt Domski claim that no matter what your line of business, if you have a physical workspace, you can make it more efficient and save money.
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