Developing a Recycling Plan

Contact your waste management company and municipality to find out what recycling services they offer. Some important questions to ask are:

  • What materials do they recycle?
  • Do the materials need to be sorted before pick up and if so how do they needed to be sorted?
  • How and when can they pick up the materials?
  • Are there any fees?

You can also look into other recycling programs in your area which might suit your needs. In addition, there are a number of other actions you can take:

  • Have  receptacles  readily available for office paper, cans, bottles, cardboard and E-waste.
  • Provide stations for people to  recycle old batteries or printer cartridges .
  • Recycle  old cell phones and electronics  in the proper manner.
  • Implement  single stream recycling  wherever possible.
  • Start a recycling program for the  back-of-house and front-of-house staff.
  • Introduce a  guest room recycling program  for guests to follow and get more education.
  • Provide guests with  reading material  to learn about your property's effort to "go green."



E-waste disposal

Targeting E-waste is a good place to start. This is referring to  electronic products  like computers, televisions or copiers that are at the end of their useful life and are ready to be replaced and thrown out. In many cases, they can be recycled or even refurbished and reused.

  • You can locate a qualified E-waste Disposal Recycler here
  • States that ban improper E-waste disposal can be reviewed here



Recycling bins

You can learn about the different size containers for recycling paper, cardboard and/or plastic at . Some things to think about when purchasing bins include:

  • Available Space
  • Volume of recyclables
  • Frequency of pick-up

Suppliers include:



Staff training

You can also contact consulting companies for additional assistance, at no out-of-pocket expense to the property.

Download a sample recycling program here