Zero Waste at Work

Food Scrap Collection Program
Recycling is a good thing to do, but what is even better than recycling, is PREVENTING the waste in the first place! Below is a listing of helpful basic waste prevention tips, but remember, reducing what you buy, use and dispose of is always the better route to take!

Food Scrap Collection Program
now available for businesses
in the City of Monterey

Zero Waste in the Office

Reduce Paper Use

  • Use both sides of the page. Draft reports can be printed on the back of paper that has been used once. Set aside such paper for printers and copy machines.
  • Make double-sided photocopies. Reports can be copied on both sides of the page. Set printers and copiers to default to double sided copies.
  • Print only the number of copies necessary. Limit the distribution of correspondence and reports to only those who really need hard copies.
  • Route one hard copy to several readers.
  • Use email or bulletin boards for sending and receiving information.
  • Accept papers with minor handwritten corrections for internal documents.

Reduce Packaging and Shipping Materials

  • Eliminate unnecessary layers of packaging.
  • Ask suppliers to take back pallets or switch to more durable pallets that can be re–used.
  • Investigate other reusable packaging, such as boxes.
  • Re–use received boxes and packaging for outgoing shipments.
  • Shred or crumple waste paper for use as packing material.

Use Less and Re-Use More

  • Use or manufacture minimal or reusable packaging. For example: re–use packing material, use less packaging, and ship merchandise in returnable/reusable containers.
  • Use and maintain durable equipment and supplies. High quality, long–lasting supplies and equipment that can be repaired easily mean fewer discards. Durable items stay out of the waste stream longer, offsetting higher initial costs.
  • Re–use products and supplies. Use durable, reusable products rather than single–use materials. A one–time investment for reusable items ends the frequently expensive cycle of discarding and reordering.
  • Use supplies and materials more efficiently. Change company policies and operations to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and conserve materials. Set up a re–use area where employees can take unneeded supplies rather than throwing them away and encourage staff to "shop" there.
  • Exchange, sell, or give away unneeded goods for re–use. Donate excess food, used furniture, and other materials to local organizations such as homeless shelters or charities.
  • Reduce unwanted or multiple copy mail. Get off unwanted mailing lists, and share subscriptions to professional magazines. No more junk mail.
Blue to Blue Recycling Program

Are you a hospitality based business within The City of Monterey? Do you like to save money?

The Blue to Blue Recycling program is a comprehensive recycling program which includes FREE interior recycling bins, training posters, and personnel training to ensure maximum program effectiveness.

The Goal: Targeting tourism-based businesses to take some of our biggest trash generators and turn them into our biggest recycling generators. We also want to make recycling a natural thing to do; when you see blue bins you know they’re for recycling, and not trash.

The following are the types of containers that are typically offered through this program:

96 Gallon Exterior
23 Gallon Slim Jim
14 Gallon Recycling Box
7 Gallon Desk side Bin
96 gallon exterior recycler 23 gallon slim jim Recycle Box 7 gallon side desk

This is a free program available to all tourist based businesses and venues.
Want more information? Want to sign up? Contact us! the Environmental Programs office at (831) 646-5662

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