Waste Reduction/ Recycling

Bringing your own food to work will reduce waste and save between $12 to $76 a month. Source: Sierra Club

It does not matter what type of business you have or what type of facility you run — there is some amount of material you use that can be recycled. From aluminum cans, and glass and plastic bottles, to used oil and printer toner cartridges, recycling reduces the amount of waste materials that are put in landfills or incinerated while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.

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EPA: Recycling
Recycling is an essential part of EPA's overall plan for reducing the amount of waste we generate. Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources and generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. Materials such as glass, metal, plastics, and paper are collected and sent to facilities that can process them into new materials or products

EPA: Recycling/Pollution Prevention
Each year, Americans generate millions of tons of waste in our homes and communities. EPA is challenging all citizens to conserve our natural resources by committing to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, in your community, and at the office. Learn what you can do to make a difference

EPA: Waste-Wise
WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise members can join as partners, endorsers, or both. WasteWise helps its partners meet goals to reduce and recycle municipal solid waste and selected industrial wastes.

Broward County Waste and Recycling Services
Waste and Recycling Services (WRS) offers a comprehensive waste management and recycling system for the residents of Broward County. WRS administers one of the most innovative and successful waste management systems in the world. Through recycling, waste-to-energy plants, and landfills, WRS provides a safe and efficient way to handle waste in this large and rapidly growing county

Tips for Small Businesses for Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Practice Recycling (paper, plastic, and glass)
  • Support your office recycling program or establish a new one with assistance from Broward County Waste and Recycling Services
  • When ordering products for the office purchase products are made that out of recycled material. 

For more information please visit Broward County Waste and Recycling

Bring your own food to work

You will reduce waste, eat healthier, and save money. Estimates of savings vary from $12 a month to $76 a month. To maximize waste-reduction, buy food staples in bulk. Opt for reusable containers and silverware, along with cloth napkins. Introduce your coworkers to the fun of healthy food by organizing a green potluck.

Reduce Your Waste

Make it a habit to bring your own mug and dishware for those meals you eat at the office. Use reusable dishes, silverware, and glasses. Provide filtered drinking water to reduce bottled-water waste.

Print Smarter and/or Go paperless when possible

Make it a habit to think before you print: could this be read or stored online instead? Request to be removed from mailing lists for any unwanted catalogs, newsletters, magazines, and junk mail.

Make it a policy to post employee manuals and similar materials online, rather than distribute print copies.

Make it a habit to print on both sides or to use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper, or drafts. Avoid color printing and print in draft mode whenever feasible.

Make it a policy to buy chlorine-free paper with a higher percentage of post-consumer recycled content. Also consider switching to a lighter stock of paper. Recycle toner and ink cartridges and buy remanufactured ones.

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Recycling in Broward County Offices

Most County employees have desk-side recycling bins and can recycle their office paper, envelopes, magazines, newspaper, cardboard, etc.  With the County’s “All in One” recycling program,  metal, plastic, aluminum and glass food and beverage containers can also be placed in desk-side recycling bins. Recycling bins are also placed in office copier rooms, next to fax machines and printers, in employee break rooms, vending areas and centralized areas such as building entrances and lobbies. Visitors to Broward County parks can also recycle their food and beverage containers at park shelters, aquatic areas, sports fields and other locations. During FY 2010, some 584 tons of office paper, magazines, newspapers, file folders, cardboard, and food and beverage containers were recycled from County administrative offices.  By recycling these materials the County saved an estimated $57,000 through “avoided disposal” as recycling program costs average less than garbage disposal.  The 584 tons recycled are equivalent to a GHG reduction of 1,881 tones​. This is equivalent to the GHG emissions of 210,874 gallons of gasoline consumed.

German Bread Haus

Nature of Business: Organic Bakery

German Bread Haus' environmental accomplishments:

  • Since chemical fertilizers and pesticides are not used in producing organic food, consuming organic food means conserving the environment.
  • According to Small Planet Foods, "Organic farming helps provide a safer, more healthy environment by: 1) not polluting our groundwater, rivers, lakes, and oceans with pesticides and chemical fertilizers; 2) reducing soil erosion; 3) improving soil quality; 4) increasing the diversity of wildlife on and near farms; and 5) providing safer working conditions for farm laborers (no exposure to pesticides)."
  • It is estimated that one 27 ounce loaf of Geman Bread Haus organic flour power bread keeps 15 square feet of America's farmlands free of chemicals
  • Approximately two cubic yards of recycling is collected monthly, which is about 50% of their total solid waste
  • Reuse paper from invoices, bread labels and calendars as scrap paper
  • Fifty-pound bags from bulk grain and seeds are reused for shipping in place of foam peanuts. No bubble wrap or peanuts are purchased.
  • Boxes that come in the store with baking ingredients are donated to the Zaldiva Comic Book/Ebay center next door.
  • Tray captures fallen seeds which are reused
  • All the seeds that fall on floor are swept up and used as bird feed, approximately 20 pounds per week
  • Packing peanuts that come in to the shop with supplies are reused during the holidays when shipping holiday Stollen bread to customers
  • Any surplus breads are donated to food banks such as Cross Roads Food Bank, the Ponderosa Serenity Ministries, and the Magnificent Religious Order, "the Blue Nuns."
  • Recycles paper bags, card board, plastic, cans, glass