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Replacing Your Office Supplies? 4 Items You Can Recycle

As more Americans participate in recycling efforts at home, it’s natural for this activity to transfer to the workplace. Companies spend a lot of money replacing office supplies each year, which means there is a countless amount of office supplies being disposed of each year. Recycling office supplies can help reduce the amount of waste being taken to landfills and help reduce pollution. Recycling at Work, a national voluntary initiative by Keep America Beautiful (KAB), encourages workplace recycling. Here are four items that companies can consider recycling.

Printer ink Cartridges

Hewlett Packard (HP), XEROX, and other brands of printer ink cartridges can be recycled. Hewlett Packard reports recycling 395,200 tons of cartridges and toners between 2018 and 2018. Their goal is to recycle 1.2 million tons by the year 2025.

Xerox accepts all genuine branded items for recycling. According to Xerox, their customers returned more than 2.5 million cartridges and toner containers each year through their Green World Alliance recycling program.

Other brands of ink cartridges can be recycled through community local recycling programs.

Electronics

Cell phones, laptops, and other types of electronic devices that still work can be donated to a non-profit organization or school. Some electronic items can be returned to the manufacturer, where they can be refurbished and resold.

According to recycle America, over 4 million tons of electronic equipment is recycled in the United States each year. Laptop recycling is made available by companies like Best Buy and Staples, who provide recycling for various brands of computer equipment.

Glass bottles

There is a large market for glass containers. For every ton of glass that is recycled, over a ton of natural resources are saved. Recycling glass also helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

If just one glass bottle is recycled, it will save enough energy to provide energy to use a computer for 30 minutes or watch television for 20 minutes.

Because of the heat produced during the recycling process, it is not necessary to take the labels off the glass bottles before recycling.

Office paper

Companies use all sorts of office paper, wrapping paper, and junk mail. Most of these items are recyclable. Every ton of recycled paper can free over 3 cubic yards of landfill space. According to berecycled.org, almost 75% of the paper mills in the United States use some sort of recovered fiber to make items such as office paper, newspaper, and paper-based packaging.

Emma Sturgis, the author, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.

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