UCRRA can offer technical guidance on how to improve your business recycling program. UCRRA Staff are available to help businesses plan, implement, or improve a waste reduction, recycling, or composting program. Contact the Recycling Coordinator at 845-336-0600 to learn more.

Tips for Better Recycling

  • Recycling bins should be clearly labeled for employees and/or customers. If possible, color-code bins and use signs to identify the different bins and what materials can be recycled/composted/discarded. UCRRA offers free recycling/trash/compost stickers for businesses!
  • Make sure recycling bins are always located directly next to trash bins.
  • Keep a separate bin for deposit containers (water bottles, soda cans, etc) where employees have lunch or snacks. Use the funds from redemption or donate the funds to a local community group.
  • Opt for reusable, durable supplies over disposable ones. Encourage employees to bring their own coffee mug. Offer condiments in bulk rather than individually-packaged.
  • Use double-sided printing and copying as a default printer setting. Make sure there’s a recycling bin next to the printer station!
  • Circulate memos and documents instead of printing multiple copies.
  • Use electronic data storage instead of paper files.

More Resources

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation // Recycling for Businesses

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation // Buy Recycled Products 

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation // Reducing Office Paper Handbook

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation // How To Conduct WasteAudit2008.pdf

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation // Food Donation for Businesses

North East Recycling Council  // Business Recycling Assistance Guide for the Northeast States

North East Recycling Council // Best Mgmt Practices for Zero Waste Planning

North East Recycling Council // Environmentally Preferrable Purchases for the Northeast 

BPI Certified Compostable Serviceware Products // List

North East Recycling Council // Green Hotels Guide 

NYS Pollution Prevention Institute // Guide: Managing Business Food Waste

NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse, Recycling // Food Donation Digital Tools

Environmental Protection Agency // Resources for Businesses

Environmental Protection Agency // Assessing Wasted Food

U.S. Composting Council // A Guide to Workplace Composting

Cornell Waste Management Institute // CompostingCaseStudies…becausearindCWMI.pdf

Cornell Waste Management Institute // Waste Prevention Tools at Work

Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act