According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), between 1960 and 2006, the amount of waste each person creates has almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.4 pounds per day. Increases in solid waste generation are the result of our individual consumption habits, coupled with a growing population. Trash isn’t cheap! The volume of waste generated and the frequency of waste services that are required for disposal is a constant cost burden, for private citizens and government alike. In addition, limits on available land and the environmental effects of landfills continue to be a concern, especially in high population areas like southern California. Live by the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and green your business today! Check out our tips for reducing your waste generation, and our programs that can help!
Reduce the packaging your company consumes – Purchasing agents should work with suppliers to reduce waste by minimizing packaging and/or arranging for packaging that better meets your end-product. If you are not a product producer, favor products with minimal packaging.
Don’t junk it…cancel it!!! – Organizations should remove your name from junk mail lists. Just think of the unopened mail you tossed in the last week. For more information on clearing your company name from junk mail lists, please visit the Recycle Works or California Integrated Waste Management Board websites.
Send a message! – Avoid purchasing or using non-recycled plastic products in favor of earth friendly alternatives. Manufacturers are more likely to switch their production habits if companies buy green. Learn more about plastics!
Buy long-lasting quality! – Whenever possible, limit your use of disposable products. Buy and enjoy the durable models, instead.
Buy recycled products! – They are often more durable, maybe a little more pricey, but they will usually last longer. Buyers should always research the best alternatives.
What can we say? – Use recycled products. When purchasing, ask the salesman, read the packaging or go online to identify waste-responsible products/manufacturers.
Why not? – Print and copy double-sided, whenever possible. And if you haven’t done it, make the switch to recycled or high-PCW (Post Consumer Waste) paper. For most business or personal needs, you won’t even notice the difference, and when it matters, use the other.
In the lunchroom… – Use reusable, microwave-safe coffee cups, dishware and utensils or environmentally friendly alternatives, such as potato-starch dining ware. Avoid disposable plastics and Styrofoam. Your firm could also offer filtered water over bottled to save the use of plastic bottles.
Keep up with your maintenance! – Proper maintenance can often renew the life of old equipment. Use your product manuals to replace filters, clean connections, etc. Following a maintenance routine will extend product life and save you money.
Shop the internet! – The internet is a great virtual marketplace for buying used equipment and supplies. Older vintage machinery and odd supplies are often available free of charge (providing you pick-up). A little web-surfing may result in a deal around the corner.
Recycling is easy – Every company should have a recycling program. Did you know the City offers Commercial Recycling including full-service collection of paper, corrugated material, bottles, cans, etc.? Visit the City's Solid Waste and Recycling page to learn more!
Sell it on the net! – Sell your unwanted materials or equipment on the Internet. It might take a little time, but you will likely get a little something for it or in exchange. At minimum, you might save the dumping and removal fee.
No Litter…No dumping! – Trash is ugly, costs money and resources to collect, and could cause a fire, pollute regional water or harm wildlife. Please provide trash and recycling bins for your employees and cut down on litter. If you have old electronics (learn about E-Waste!), batteries, tires, pharmaceuticals or any other form of hazardous waste, contact the City for proper disposal.
The City contracts with Waste Management Inc. to provide waste hauling services for Orange residents and businesses. To begin service, please contact CR&R Incorporated at (714) 372-8272.
Need to trash the old office holiday tree? The City offers holiday tree collection during regular collection on the first two weeks following Christmas. Trees must be cleaned of tinsel, ornaments, and stands, and those larger than six feet must be cut in half.
Safe disposal of solid waste protects human health and the environment. Hazardous waste, such as electronics, batteries and tires, can be especially dangerous to drinking water. Through the collective guidance of the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) and the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB), Orange protects the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens and the environment by following proper water quality and waste management practices pursuant to Title 14 and Title 27, as mandated by the Safe Water and Toxic Waste Enforcement Act of 1986.
One of the City’s primary goals is to provide a safe environment for our citizens. When it comes to waste management, Orange wants to insure that you have all of the support, tools and knowledge you require to be safe and to be green.
Did you know? It is illegal to dispose of "Sharps” – Needles, syringes and lancets. For the public health and safety, it is no longer legal to dispose of these devices in your solid waste or recycle containers. For your convenience, sharps disposal-by-mail kits are available at Walgreens and some Rite Aid drugstores. Larger kits are also available from CR&R Incorporated at (877) 728-0446. Additional information is also available from the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal.
Did you know? It is illegal to trash hazardous waste! Unfortunately, many people do not know what is hazardous in their home. For your assistance, Orange provides the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program, funded by California Integrated Waste Management Board and Orange County Waste Management. The program offers easy free curbside pick-up for all forms of household hazardous waste, including:
Florescent lamps, including CFL bulbs because of trace elements of Mercury.
If you are preparing to discard any of these items, please use the HHW program. You do not need to be in the office during collection. Simply, make an appointment, and notify the operator where you placed the prepared kit. You can schedule a pick-up by calling the toll-free hotline at (800) 449-7587 (or locally at (714) 834-6752) or by registering on-line. If you prefer, you can drop your kit at the closest Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, 1071 N. Blue Gum, Anaheim anytime between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday. Facilities are closed on rainy days and for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays.
Don’t stop here! Be the voice of change. Encourage your neighboring businesses, suppliers and customers to reduce unnecessary waste, shop responsibly, reuse when possible, and recycle if possible.