Minimize waste by using the tips below during initial product procurement and final disposal.
|Reduce Packaging||Buy in bulk||Prioritize products with minimal packaging|
|Reduce Disposal Waste||Prioritie reusable items over single-use||Consider ease of maintenance and repair|
|Increase Recyclability||Look for items that can be easily disassembled into component materials|
|Ensure Local Recycling||Check that materials can be recycled locally:|
- For electronics, check federal recycling requirements . Be sure to use a Certified Electronics Recycler .
- Follow the steps outlined by GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) for all federal personal property. This includes a wide variety of goods from computers to furniture to vehicles.
Durable Goods Recycling
Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by properly disposing of durable goods such as furniture and electronics. Durable goods may be diverted from the landfill through re-use programs or recycling. Find a local program or charity to donate used furniture or electronics, or find a certified vendor who will responsibly recycle the materials.
Glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and paper (including glossy magazines, envelopes with plastic windows and sticky notes) can all be easily recycled. Depending on the waste hauler, recycling bins can include commingled waste (i.e. all materials are collected in one bin) or they may require separated waste (i.e. one bin for paper, one bin for plastics, etc). By recycling products, materials are sent back to the marketplace rather than to the landfill.
Did You Know?
40% of U.S. architects, engineers, contractors, building owners and building consultants report that the majority of building work was green in 2012. It is expected that 53% of these U.S. firms will be engaged in mostly green building work by 2015. 44% of all nonresidential building project starts were green in 2012 as well, up from 2% in 2005. Green buildings hold strong appeal for both commercial and institutional (including government) owners.
Source: McGraw Hill Construction (2013). 2013 World Green Building Trends SmartMarket Report.
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