Waste Minimization

An in-office recycling program should include a designated area which promotes responsible reduction of waste. Recyclable items generally include paper, metal, glass, and plastic. Batteries, printer toner and electronics can also be recycled.

In addition, a waste reduction plan can include a compost collection in the office kitchen/break room that allows staff to compost all food scraps and compostable paper (such as paper towels) and other biodegradable materials.


Recycling is one of the most important sustainability initiatives with a measurable return in implementing a basic recycling plan.Office paper is a perfect example.

Recycling of one ton of paper:

  • Saves enough energy to power two average American homes for six months.
  • Saves 7,000 gallons of water.
  • Saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent.


The following links provide more recycling information, and how your business can participate.

Guide to Recycling at Work
The basics to starting and maintaining an effective recycling program at work.

Preventing Waste
Recycling is an important part of the puzzle; actually preventing waste is another of equal importance.

Benefits of Recycling
Click here to learn more about the benefits of recycling.

Shopping Centers: Starting a Recycling Program
For our retail-oriented members, click here for a segment specific guide to recycling in your business.

Case Study: SeaTac Airport
AGPOM staff travel frequently through the SeaTac Airport. Read about that airport’s experience and success with recycling.