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Narrowing the waste stream to a trickle: How #Clorox Eco Office is encouraging employees to throw away less bit.ly/14vvvAH
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 11:45am

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This post was written by Prashant Kripalani, a manager in Clorox’s Eco Office.

A few years ago we embarked on a waste-diversion strategy at our corporate offices in Oakland, California, with the goal of diverting at least 90 percent of our landfill trash to recycling and composting. This effort was led primarily by a group of employee volunteers known as our local Eco Network. To achieve our desired diversion rate, we made two changes to the way our employees discard their office waste.

First, we instituted a three-bin system: Each break room (one per floor) and each large meeting room now has three bins, labeled Waste, Recycling and Composting. The recycling bin is meant for paper, recyclable plastic, cans, bottles and the like. The composting bin is for all discarded food. The waste bin should contain only nonrecyclable plastic such as bags, candy and snack wrappers and nonrecyclable plastic flatware. The containers were also clearly marked and color-coded (blue for recycling, green for composting and black for trash). Second, each employee desk now has only a small blue bin for recyclable waste. Employees are expected to carry all their trash and compost waste to our break rooms.

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Keywords: Environment | Environment | Glad® Trash | One-Bag Challenge | Social Impact & Volunteering | composting | landfill diversion | solid-waste audit | solid-waste reduction | solid waste

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