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Basic Standards for Designing a Recycling Program

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HOW YOU CAN HELP SOLVE SOLID WASTE PROBLEMS IN YOUR BUSINESS

  • Take a public stand against waste and pollution. Adopt a corporate policy that waste reduction, reuse and recycling are preferable to waste disposal, incineration or treatment.
  • Set a positive tone for corporate waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
  • Assist in selecting an appropriate waste reduction and recycling program for the company.
  • Ensure an adequate budget and staff to execute the program.
  • Provide high visibility for recycling programs.
  • Provide incentives for various corporate subdivisions to cooperate with the program.
  • Provide incentives to encourage employees to participate in your waste reduction and recycling program.
    • Give rewards to employees for waste reduction and recycling efforts.
    • Give recognition, bonuses, or other financial awards to employees who offer innovative approaches to waste reduction and recycling.
  • Document your company's waste reduction and recycling accomplishments.
  • Document your company's waste reduction and recycling cost savings. Consider the true cost of a product in cost accounting (Avoided Cost + Real Cost = Actual Savings). Avoided costs are often difficult to quantify, but including them will provide a truer financial picture.
  • Stimulate development and use of products that result in reduced waste.
  • Promote development and expansion of markets for recyclables by closing the loop, and Buying Recycled.

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