Business Guide to Waste Reduction and Recycling

The average company could recycle half of the waste it produces. The environmental benefits seem obvious, but are businesses really considering waste reduction as a means to cut costs? The Xerox Corporation has, and this 155-page guide and accompanying workbook will help other businesses to do so as well.

Written in 1998, but still relevant today, this guide presents an 8-step method for establishing, implementing, and maintaining a waste-reduction program, especially in mid-size to large companies. Xerox has carefully considered the challenges of implementing a successful program and offers detailed suggestions for every step of the process: from organizing a waste-management team, to including waste-management information in employee training.

Learn how to assess current waste flow, evaluate local markets for recyclables, identify recycling opportunities for uncommon materials, and “close the loop” by purchasing recycled-content products. Each section includes checklists and refers to corresponding workbook pages. The workbook also provides a list of waste-exchange programs and environmentally preferable product suppliers worldwide.

The “Guide to Waste Reduction and Recycling” is undoubtedly thorough; download it and follow its steps to become a greener company.