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