Reduce, reuse,… and then…recycle. Waste prevention practices minimize or eliminate waste before it is created while recycling reclaims materials after their useful life. While recycling is great for a company’s bottom line, reducing and reusing can provide even more benefits and potential cost savings.
- Donate surplus food – It’s legal, safe, and easy. The Washington Good Samaritan law (RCW 69.80.031) and the Federal Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (PL104-210 (pdf)) both state you cannot be held liable if you have donated food you believe to be safe and edible. Food banks protect their donors by offering a variety of liability protections. For details on the Washington State Department of Health's food donation policies, see: Charity Food Donations.
- Reduce paper and maximize office efficiencies by reducing junk mail, using paper wisely (pdf), and purchasing recycled-content products.
- Recycle, sell, or donate surplus materials - By-Product Synergy | LinkUp | IMEX
- Adopt green purchasing practices, with help from Sustainable Industries annual Green Office Guide.
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