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Recycling Resources

Tue, Jun 2, 2009

a. Get Started

Are you in interested in recycling and reducing waste and need some resources to get started? Below is a list of recycling resources, including helpful sites for waste reduction, green purchasing, printing and packaging, composting and food waste.

General

U.S. EPA Waste Wise program – Federal program providing assistance for businesses, governments and nonprofits in solid waste reduction and disposal.

NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Recycling Markets Directory – An online list of recycling centers and processing facilities.

Recycling awards – Awards for businesses, schools, governments and individuals who have displayed leadership in source reduction and recycling program implementation, education, leadership and innovation.

NJ Wastewise Business Network – Free, useful meetings coordinated by the NJDEP for networking and sharing best practices within NJ.

Keep America Beautiful has a recycling center locator on their home page. Plug in the item to be recycled and your ZIP code for a list of your closest facilities. They also offer a booklet called Waste in the Workplace, which provides how-to information about conducting a waste audit, developing and implementing a waste-minimization plan, and how waste-reduction activities can actually result in cost savings.

Waste Reduction

National Waste Prevention Coalition Useful links and information to help businesses and households reduce the amount of waste they generate.

Reduce.org – More tips for reducing waste generation.

NJ Department of Environmental Protection Source Reduction Page

Printing and Packaging

Printers’ National Environmental Assistance Center

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Green Purchasing

United States Environmental Protection Agency‘s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing website

Composting

U.S. Composting Council

Food Waste in NJ:

SWRRG – For over ten years, the Solid Waste Resource Renewal Group (SWRRG) at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station had provided leadership and coordination in various innovative waste reduction and recycling focus areas, including food waste, computers, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury-containing devices, waste paint and green purchasing/environmentally preferable purchasing.

ForNJ – A coalition of retailers, restaurants, healthcare facilities, processors, educational institutions, regulators, councils, haulers, recyclers and residents working to promote an understanding of the importance of recycling organic residuals for a cleaner and more productive economy, environment and culture for all.

Find a composting facility: (hauler may be included in service)

By Anne Michelsen

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