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Recycling Gets the Cash Out of Your Trash

RecycleRecycling keeps getting easier and more cost effective. Participating in commercial recycling programs can greatly reduce the amount of trash your company sends to the landfill as well as your disposal fees. Whether your business is big or small, the SVSWA can give you simple steps to start your recycling program.

Today, recycling goes way beyond bottles and cans. Businesses are discovering that many more materials can be diverted from the waste stream before they arrive at the local landfill. In some cases, state and local laws require that you find alternate methods of disposal.

Learn more about:

Collection Programs

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Mixed Paper
Clean Glass
Plastic Types #1-7
     Polystyrene foam
Soiled Food Containers
Cell Phones*
Fluorescent Light bulbs*
* See Recycling Other Materials link above.
Many haulers offer commingled recycling bins that take much of the guesswork out of waste disposal. If you work in an office, chances are that most of your waste comes from office supplies. Almost all of that waste can go right into your recycling containers.

Other Industries have many more specialized recycling needs, and the SVSWA and your hauler can help guide you to the best possible recycling program for your business. Local haulers offer separate recycling bins that save you more money and address a broader range of materials.

If you find yourself with leftover cardboard, vegetable/ organic/ or green waste, glass, metal, wood, or even concrete, you can divert it to a recycling center or sell it to a producer who needs it. In some cases, state and local law require the diversion of certain materials. The SVSWA provides training free of charge. Take advantage of this service; learn about safe, easy, and cost effective ways to dispose of your waste.

Recycling Other Materials

Recycling Beyond the Curb: Other Materials

Recycling doesn't end at the curb! Many items that are not accepted through your curbside or apartment recycling program still don't have to go to the landfill. Some materials are even banned from the garbage. Click on a material to find out where to drop it off for reuse, recycling or safe disposal. Fees may apply, depending on the item.

Bring Recycling "Full Circle" - Buy Recycled!

There's more to recycling than setting out your recyclables at the curb. In order to make recycling economically feasible, we must buy recycled products and packaging. When we buy recycled products, we create an economic incentive for recyclable materials to be collected, manufactured, and marketed as new products.

Creating a strong market for recycled products is key to completing the recycling process or "closing the loop." You as a consumers close the loop when you purchase products made from recycled materials, or when you support companies that use recycled feedstocks in their manufacturing processes.

How to identify products with recycled content

Recycle iconWhen you see chasing arrows inside a circle, it means that the product or package has been manufactured with at least some materials that have been recycled. This mark is typically found on paper and paperboard products (e.g., cereal boxes or shoe boxes). The mark may include additional information such as the percentage of recycled material (located in the center of the mark or next to the mark) and the type of recycled material. Post-consumer content is material that has been collected from curbside recycling programs, while pre-consumer material, such as sawdust, is collected during the manufacturing process.

Note that not all products with recycled content are marked with a symbol. If you can't find recycled content products in a store, ask the manager or owner to carry them.

There are thousands of recycled content products available, and the number is growing. Here are just a few examples:

  • Office supplies, e.g. printer and copier paper, file folders, mailing envelopes, note pads etc.
  • Bathroom tissue and paper towels
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Paperboard packaging e.g. cereal boxes, shoe boxes etc.
  • Outdoor products, e.g. soaker hoses, garden edging boards, benches, tables, plastic lumber decking

To search for specific products follow the links to the Recycle Store or the Recycled Content Products Directory.