Recycling Guide for the
Stewart Lee Udall Department
of the Interior Building and South Interior Building
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- White paper (any color ink)
- White tissue paper (onion skin)
- White copier paper
- White computer paper
- White office stationery (also, high-quality, off-white paper such as stationery)
- White envelopes with water-soluble glue (i.e., seals when moistened), without windows, and without self-adhesive labels or postage stamps (please remove and discard these)
- Colored or natural-shade paper
- Magazines and glossy paper
- Yellow routing and message slips
- Blueprints and drawings
- Unsolicited mail
- Carbonless paper
- Shredded paper (must be in bags)
- Books (glued, stitched, or stapled) - examples include CFRs and Federal Registers
- File stock - manila, green, or brown folders; wallet folders; hanging folders (please remove the metal hangers first)
- Tabbed dividers (remove plastic materials)
- Envelopes (any color except white) with water-soluble glue and envelopes with windows (please remove and discard self-adhesive labels and/or postage stamps)
- Copy-paper wrappers (i.e., the wrappers that bind each ream of new paper)
- Staples may be left on paper being recycled, but paper clips, binder clips, and other reusable fasteners should be removed and reused.
- Documents that contain sensitive information (e.g., data protected under the Privacy Act of 1974) should be shredded before being recycled or discarded.
- Recycling containers for desktop separation of Grades 1 and 2 paper are available from the Building Manager’s Office, room 1749, or by contacting one of the individuals listed at the end of this Recycling Guide.
- Centralized collection centers are located throughout both buildings. For information on the one nearest to your office, please contact one of the individuals listed at the end of this Recycling Guide.
The items listed below should be separated or removed from paper materials being recycled.
- Waxy paper
- Carbon paper
- Adhesive tape
- Rubber bands
- Paper cups (unless obtained from the cafeteria)
- Post-It® notes (although the paper is okay, the adhesive is not)
- Food wrappers
- Tyvek® envelopes
- Padded envelopes
- Pressure-sensitive (self-adhesive) labels and postage stamps
- Three-ring or other types of binders (but, recycle the contents)
- Plastic or metal spiral binders (remove the binding and recycle the contents)
- Binder clips and other metal fasteners
To make recycling beverage containers even more convenient for occupants, small collection containers were distributed to each office in the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building and South Interior Building. These office containers are emptied every Friday.
Please ensure that bottles and cans have been rinsed and are empty. Caps or tops may remain on containers. Only type PET, PETE (No. 1), or HDPE (No. 2) plastics may be recycled. PET is used to make tough, shatterproof containers such as soft-drink and water bottles, and some food and medicine containers. HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastics are flexible, translucent products such as milk and detergent bottles. PET, PETE, and HDPE containers will be marked as such or may be marked No. 1 or No. 2. The following are contaminants and should not be placed into the collection centers:
- Stones and dirt
- Plate, safety, or window glass
- Heat-resistant glass such as Pyrex
- Plastic bags or plastic wrap such as is used to preserve food
- Lead-based glass such as crystal or TV tubes
- Ceramic cups, dishes, oven ware, or light bulbs
- Yogurt cups
- Milk cartons
- Food wrappings
You will find specially-marked containers (marked Compostable Materials Only) located conveniently throughout our buildings. In the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, the containers are located in kitchenettes, freight-elevator lobbies, and the cafeteria. In the South Interior Building, they are located at each elevator lobby and in the vending room on the basement level. The containers are emptied by our custodial contractor every day. The following compostable materials and food wastes should be placed into the containers:
- Food wastes
- Fruit peels (e.g., apple, bananas, oranges, tangerines, etc.)
- Forks, knives, spoons, cups, and straws from the cafeteria
- Lids from the cafeteria (e.g., from coffee cups and soup/cereal bowls)
- Clamshell food containers from the cafeteria (including the see-through type with the marking “PLA”)
- Napkins from the cafeteria (or from any source that does not use bleach to whiten the napkins)
- Paper bags from the cafeteria
- Paper plates from the cafeteria
- Coffee cups from the cafeteria
- Cartridges for printers (laser and ink-jet), copy machines, and fax machines,
- Computer (floppy) disks,
- Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries (sorry; we cannot recycle alkaline batteries),
- Transparencies (used for overhead projectors),
- Electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, two-way radios)
- Magnetic tapes (4 mm, 8 mm, VHS cassettes, reel-to-reel, and data cartridges), and
- Minimize waste by planning and coordinating your requirements.
- Whenever possible, make double-sided copies when duplicating documents. If appropriate, consider using electronic transfer rather than paper copies.
- Computers and some related equipment must be recycled.
- Refrigerators, ice machines, water coolers, and other cooling equipment must be purged and certified to be free of all refrigerant before they can be discarded as waste or for salvage. This service is available on a reimbursable basis through the Branch of Support Services.
- Properly dispose of all chemical wastes or excess. If assistance is desired, please contact Ken Tunney. The Federal Hazard Communication Program must be implemented for all chemicals for which a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is issued, and a copy of the MSDS must be posted in the workplace where the chemicals are used or stored. We also ask that you provide the Building Manager's Office (Mail Stop 1420-MIB) with a copy of the MSDS for each chemical; emergency-response personnel may require this information during emergency conditions.
Thank you for recycling! Your efforts to make our workplace more sustainable do make a difference.