Launches Office Paper Recycling Study|
Paulo R. Heyman
new U.S. Conference of Mayors pilot study to better understand the
importance of office paper recycling was kicked off December 6th in
Washington DC at the Carramerica Building. The building is one of five
sites, all in Washington DC, which will be the target of the pilot study
which began this Fall. These one-year studies are targeted at multi-tenant
large office buildings, where an increase in office paper recovery rates
nationwide is needed. The project is supported by a grant from Recycling
At Work campaign sponsors.
Conference of Mayors Recycling at Work staff is teaming up with a local
company which hauls materials to be recycled, Environmental Recycling,
Inc., (ERI) as partners for the study. The Conference of Mayors staff will
conduct education and outreach throughout the pilot programs at each site.
All of these pilot programs will continue through next June, after which a
report will be released with an analysis of data collected and an
evaluation on the effectiveness of the pilot programs.
sales Manager Charles W. Poland clarified the two types of recycling
programs offered to participating offices. "The price retrieved for
recycled white paper is considerably higher than newspapers, magazines,
and other colored paper," explained Poland. ERI's two programs are
based on the relative content of sorted white office paper within mixed
office paper collection programs.
offers a competitive alternative because recycling haulers are paid for
their refuse by the recycling plants. "There is a potential
generation of money for our clients," said Mr. Poland. Trash haulers
are charged "tipping fees" each time they unload at landfills
and pass on this cost to customers along with a fee for renting their
said successful recycling programs require participation and teamwork from
the building manager, janitorial staff, and tenants. If executed properly,
the potential for savings and benefits for the environment are
substantial, Poland said.