How to Start a Business Recycling Program
Large Businesses and Buildings
Do you own the building your office is in?
Work with the building manager to start a Contact your building or of-
recycling program fice manager and ask them
to start a business recycling
program. If he/she needs
information about how to
start a successful program,
Find out who signed your current garbage
have him/her call MWA
hauling contract and who your garbage hauler
at 515-323-6524 for more
is. Examples of area haulers include Waste
Management, Waste Connections, Artistic
Waste and Ankeny Sanitation (your hauler’s
name will be printed on your dumpster).
Establish which recyclables Contact your garbage hauler:
Is space available for an
you want to recycle in your do they provide a recycling
additonal dumpster for
office (Ex.: paper, plastic, pick-up service?
NO YES YES NO
Work with MWA, Establish what size Call local recycling
your garbage container will be Get a quote to see how processors to get
hauler or a needed for your much the pick-up quotes regarding
recycling processor office, both inside service will cost and what services they
for an innovative and outside of the how they can help start can provide for
solution building the program your business
Purchase recycling containers for of- Ask the recycling processors
fice and tenant use. See if the MWA if you can receive revenue
Grant Program is open, then apply for for your recyclables
the grant to cover container costs.
Implement your program. Keep an eye on
EDUCATE! A program will not the recycling program the first few months to
be successful without con- make sure it is going well. Also watch to see if
stant education about what garbage levels are going down and if you can
to recycle, how to do it and reduce how many times it needs to be picked
why they should participate. up.
Make sure to place all signs
on containers at eye level.
For more information on starting a business recycling program,
visit www.mwatoday.com or call 515-244-0021.