Recycling Toolkit

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Step 4: Implement the Recycling Program

Setting up the program involves:

  • Getting policy approval
  • Either establishing a contract with a waste hauler or organizing a plan to drop off recyclables
  • Acquiring collection bins
  • Announcing the new program to all employees

More implementation ideas:

  • Designating a recycling coordinator
  • Setting up an employee incentive program
  • Introducing the program at staff meetings, posting information in break rooms or cafeterias, emailing employees and keeping recycling information readily available to staff
  • Letting employees know how they are doing

Step 5: Track and Modify

Track recycling program efforts so you can manage and celebrate waste diversion numbers:

  • Measuring volume collected
  • Monitoring high use areas (full bins discourage continued recycling)
  • Tracking money saved
  • Company goal achievements

Strive to continuously improve as you move forward with the program by seeking feedback on what is working and what is not and making adjustments as necessary.

Other Waste Reduction Resources for Businesses

  • EPA Waste Reduction Model (WARM) — Helps track and volunarily report greenhouse gas emissions reductions. WARM calculates and totals GHG emissions of baseline and alternative waste management practices — source reduction, recycling, anaerobic digestion, combustion, composting and landfilling | Learn More >
  • Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP) — Identifies and rewards organizations that have a good history of compliance, and try to go above and beyond legal requirements. ADEQ strives to complement existing programs with new tools and strategies that not only protect people and the environment, but also recognize opportunities for reducing cost and encouraging technological innovation | Learn More >
  • Educational Resources (Videos & Posters) | View >