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Recycling Record Setters Program Profiles: Office Buildings

| Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 1998 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/recycling-record-setters-program-profiles-office-buildings/

THE GREEN WORKPLACE MANAGEMENT BOARD SECRETARIAT, TORONTO, ONTARIO Contact: David Sparling The Green Workplace 900 Bay Street, Room M2-59 Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N3(416) 585-7541

The Green Workplace program was introduced to Ontario Government Offices in 1991. This program set waste reduction targets of 35% by 1992 and 50% by 1995. The new Maximum Green Program attempts to reduce waste by a further 50% by introducing the following new programs.

  • recyclable material is source-separated;
  • individual trash cans are removed and replaced with small, desk-top receptacles and a large centralized trash bin;
  • where possible, food discard collection is established.

As of spring 1998, more than 70,000 Ontario Provincial civil servants in 760 buildings recycled approximately 4,326 tons per year. Some buildings divert 90% of their solid waste stream.

WELLINGS & COMPANY MENLO PARK, CA Contact: Bruce Wellings 770 Menlo Ave., #100 Menlo Park, CA 94025(415) 321-0622

Wellings & Company is a full-service accounting firm in Menlo Park, California. The company aggressively recycles as part of its commitment to creating a better environment. Waste disposal costs are included in the building lease so Wellings reaps no direct benefit from reduced tipping fees because of recycling. The company has realized an 80% reduction in trash through recovery of white and colored papers, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, aluminum cans, glass, and toner cartridges. The company also works to “close the loop” through the purchase of recycled content office products.

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