This page is designed to provide businesses owners with tools in making decisions about their recycling program. Schenectady County Recycles is here to help you understand the benefits of waste reduction, and whenever possible we can offer technical support to help improve your waste reduction program.
Consumer trends show that people are becoming more environmentally conscious and they want to buy products and support businesses that foster sustainable practices. Through recycling and other forms of waste reduction, your business will see an increased customer perception of value in your business and brand, which increases customer loyalty.
You pay fees for your garbage removal based on how much garbage you create, while often times it's free to recycle. The more you work to divert material from the waste stream, the less you will pay on waste hauling fees. You may also see cost avoidance for other waste reduction initiatives - like food waste composting (especially true for restaurants) or improved inventory management practices (especially true for business offices).
Recycling reduces the demand on the natural environment for the raw materials needed to make new products, which conserves these resources for future generations. Recycling and composting reduces the air, water, and land pollution that contributes to global climate change. Recycling is a citizenship skill that demonstrates stewardship for the environment, and recycling will help identify your business as a community leader.
Schenectady County Recycles is here to help you understand the benefits of waste reduction, and whenever possible we can offer technical support to help improve your waste reduction program.
Take the Cornell Cooperative Extension Recycling Pledge to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible. Contact the Recycling Educator to be added to the list of participating businesses and to receive your official certificate.
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation // Recycling for Businesses
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation // Buy Recycled Products
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation // Reducing Office Paper Handbook
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation // How To Conduct WasteAudit2008.pdf
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation // Food Donation for Businesses
North East Recycling Council // Business Recycling Assistance Guide for the Northeast States
North East Recycling Council // Best Mgmt Practices for Zero Waste Planning
North East Recycling Council // Environmentally Preferrable Purchases for the Northeast
BPI Certified Compostable Serviceware Products // List
North East Recycling Council // Green Hotels Guide
NYS Pollution Prevention Institute // Guide: Managing Business Food Waste
NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse, Recycling // Food Donation Digital Tools
Environmental Protection Agency // Resources for Businesses
Environmental Protection Agency // Assessing Wasted Food
U.S. Composting Council // A Guide to Workplace Composting
Cornell Waste Management Institute // CompostingCaseStudies...becausearindCWMI.pdf
Cornell Waste Management Institute // Waste Prevention Tools at Work
Last updated January 1, 2020