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Waste Reduction & Recycling



Basic Ideas to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce

  • Set your photocopiers and printers to print on both sides by default.
  • Make computer files, not paper files when possible
  • Get your address removed from junk mail lists
  • Buy in bulk to reduce packaging
  • Buy concentrates
  • Buy your coffee at a store where you get a discount for using own mug
  • Reduce excess packing
  • Permanent dishes, napkins, etc.
  • Print documents single spaced, even for drafts
  • Reusable or canvas bags
  • Desk-top trash cans, desk-top compost cans
  • Label trashcans as landfills (with picture of landfill) and include cost of depositing trash in landfill
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Reuse

green reusable bag
  • Reuse envelopes and send them through the mail again whenever possible
  • Have each staff person set aside paper that they use on only one side
  • Encourage staff to use reusable coffee mugs
  • Invest in rechargeable batteries and battery chargers
  • Donate leftover food to people or animals
  • Reuse corrugated moving boxes internally.
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Recycle

  • Have office wide recycling competitions with prizes for whoever reduces/reuses/recycles the most
  • Buy "recycled" toner cartridges – you’re not recycling if you don’t buy recycled
  • Use office status reports on recycling and waste reduction rates to let employees know how the office is doing in terms of waste prevention and recycling
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U.S. Department of the Interior

Greening of the Interior

catherine_cesnik@ios.doi.gov