5 Easy Ways to Keep Plastics Out of Landfill

5 Easy Ways to Keep Plastics Out of Landfill

recycling_compost_landfill_BinlabelsHow will the next generation view our choice to order the styrofoam trays instead of paper? Will we be able to tell them that we took action to help divert food scraps and/or recyclable material from landfill into composting or recycling bins?

Did you know that every year, 6 million tons of non-durable plastics, like spoons, forks, and knives, are discarded?

Feel great about your choices

By incorporating eco-friendly practices into your business, you can feel great about your sustainability efforts, as well as inspiring loyalty and regard from your customers, coworkers and maybe even your boss. As we celebrate Earth month in April, it seems fitting to reflect upon our waste footprint – both at work as well as at home. Can we stop and consider how the daily choices we make today impact the environment as seen through the eyes of our children years in the future?

We’ve included five easy steps to help you create a positive change within your personal work space, department, or even the company as a whole!

1) Download Free Waste Bin Recycling Signs

Why not make it easier for customers or coworkers to separate their waste? We thought providing some simple and clear signage for you to print and post at your business is a good first step. Click here for a set of printable waste bin labels which can be printed on any printer. Pick the signs that match your local requirements. Helping to sort trash is an important step in keeping valuable recyclable and nutrient-rich compostable waste out of landfill.

Downloadable mix & match  recycling bin signs, ready to print & trim

Downloadable mix & match recycling bin signs, ready to print & trim

2) Get Local Recycling Guidelines

This is easier than you think! Just contact your hauler and ask them to send your specific local guidelines that you can post around your workplace. Also most waste management facilities (haulers) have downloadable guidelines on their websites. To search, type your town, then "waste services" or "waste management". When communicating with your hauler, it doesn’t hurt to let them know you appreciate their efforts to divert waste from landfill. If your municipality doesn't take compost, here’s a link to find one closest to you.

3) Green Your Food Sampling Program

Composting Sampling Resources_with_EcoTaster_SamplingSpoon_from_EcoTensilEarth Month is the perfect time to show off your green efforts while showing off your products. When you use only compostable sample-ware products, like pleated paper sample cups, EcoTasters, toothpicks, waxed sheets or other products that are specifically labeled “compostable”, then all your sample cups and utensils and food scraps can go into ONE compost bin during demos… no separating or costly sorting needed!

As people are increasingly more concerned about single use plastic waste in landfill, offering compostable sample cups and tasting utensils viscerally demonstrates your commitment to sustainability.

4) There's a bin for that...Recycle Bin Resources

By providing easy-to-use recycling stations around your workplace or retail store, you can make it easier your co-workers and customers feel positive about doing the right thing. Here's a few of our favorites:

Recycling those Coffee Pods

Over 55 million single-serve coffee pods are thrown away every single day. If your coworkers might revolt without their fave morning Joe from coffee pods, consider ordering this handy CoffeeCapsules - Zero Waste Box ™ from Terracycle in your break room. Once this nifty box is filled with coffee pods, simply UPS it back to TerraCycle using the pre-paid UPS shipping label. Easy peasy!

5)  BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) 

Keeper CupAn estimated 14.4 billion disposable paper cups are used each year which equates to about 900 million pounds of paper cups. Consider posting a sign in the break room that says "Be part of the solution, BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug)" or print out the poster below.

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