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Three ways to reduce waste in your workplace.
It's the new year, and time to get your workplace in shape! Set some waste-trimming goals for 2017:
Many workplace trash cans are filled with paper towels, especially in the restroom and break room. Paper towels can’t be recycled or composted, and even if they could, using less would still be best for the environment and for cost savings.
Disposable coffee cups, take-out boxes and plastic cutlery are like junk food — they’re quick and easy, but not great for you (or the environment).
Thankfully, there are a lot of things you can do to avoid disposable items. Use re-usable water bottles and coffee mugs, and take as little to-go packaging as possible when eating out.
At work, you can do even more:
3. Lose the water weight
Does your workplace provide bottled water or use a water delivery service? Switch to tap water and you’ll be doing the environment, and your bottom line, a favor.
Don’t like the taste of your tap water? Installing a filter on your tap is a good alternative to having water trucked in.
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How, where and why to recycle electronics.
There’s gold in those laptops!
Q) Which has more gold and copper?
a. circuit boards
b. raw ore mined for these metals
A) Circuit boards!
Circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper as the equivalent weight of ore mined in the US.
In addition, recycling one million laptops saves enough energy to power 3,657 US homes for a year .
Want to learn more? Check out the short video, The Story of Electronics.
Donate: Many electronics can be donated, refurbished and used again. Free Geek is a great local option, just be sure to call in advance to ensure they can accept your e-waste: 503-232-9350. Donations to Free Geek are tax deductible and pickups can be arranged for a small fee.
To remove personal or sensitive information before donating or recycling your electronics,
Contact Oregon E-Cycles for free drop-off locations for
These must be recycled separately:
What to keep out of your recycling bin, where your recycling goes after it gets picked up, and how to reuse before recycling.
7 things to keep out of your recycling bin
Why shouldn’t these go in? Find out.
Bottom line: When in doubt, keep it out. Recycling right is more important than recycling more, because putting the wrong thing in the bin (like plastic bags) can cause big problems (like jamming the machines that sort recycling).
A behind-the-scenes look at where your recycling goes
Once your recycling leaves your work or home bin, that jumble of paper, metal and plastic, all has to be sorted. The sorting involves conveyor belts, blowing air, giant magnets, and sorting by hand. See it here:
Vinod Singh explains how recyclables are sorted at Hillsboro's Far West Recycling, and where they go from there.
Once the recycling is sorted into material type – paper, cardboard, metal, etc. – then it’s sold to buyers in the region and around the world to be made into new products.
We often focus on recycling, yet it’s actually at the bottom of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle hierarchy.
If you want to save energy, water and resources, the best thing you can do is reduce the items you consume (products, packaging) and then reuse the items as many times as possible.
Thanks to our program partner, Metro, who produced the articles and videos referenced here.
Tips for recycling old CFL bulbs
Fluorescent lights are energy efficient and long-lasting, but they also contain mercury and lead, so they should be handled cautiously and disposed of safely.
When your fluorescent light bulbs flicker and fade, recycling them properly keeps you safe, and allows most of the glass, metal and mercury to be reused.
Contact your property manager or garbage company to see if they can recycle fluorescent bulbs for you.
Use Metro's Find a Recycler search tool to find a nearby facility that collects and recycles fluorescent bulbs.
If you’re looking for a replacement bulb, LEDs are even more efficient and longer-lasting than CFLs.
When an LED bulb burns out, it’s safe to throw it in the garbage.* Or, you can collect LEDs and find a recycler who can recycle them. (They can have quite a bit of nickel, which makes them worth recycling.) As with any bulb, they should NOT be put in with your mixed or glass recycling.
*Colored LEDs (red, blue, etc.) can contain lead and arsenic, so should be disposed of through a recycler that can process them safely, rather than thrown in the trash.