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Guide to Workplace Composting

This free guide provides step-by-step instructions and resources to help office buildings, manufacturing facilities, hotels, hospitals, universities and other workplaces divert organic matter.

WasteWise Program

A free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment.

Recycle On The Go

An EPA initiative to encourage recycling in public places such as parks, stadiums, convention centers, airports, and shopping centers.

Standardized Signs for Recycling Bins

Recycle Across America provides signs for a small fee. San Francisco Department of the Environment provides a customizable Zero Waste Signmaker.

Track Waste and Materials

Taking steps to reduce your environmental impact and cut operating costs? You can manage energy, water, and waste data – all in one secure online environment – with EPA's Portfolio Manager tool.

College & University Links


CURC College & University Recycling Coalition

Business & Industry

How To Develop An Office Recycling Program

A recycling program can reduce disposal costs and add to a company's bottom line. Recycling can reduce the amount of waste your organization sends to the landfill, thereby reducing the amount you pay to have the waste picked up by your trash hauler.

Buying Recycled Products

If you're not also buying recycled products you're not really recycling. It isn't enough to have businesses or governments collect recyclables. The materials must have a market to have a value.

The State of Colorado implemented an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy in 2010. Read the policy document for guidance on how to procure sustainable commodities and services. The EPA maintains an online, searchable database of recycled-content product suppliers.

Sustainable Events Guides

Boulder County created a Zero Waste Events Guide (PDF) to show how to plan and organize a Zero Waste event and why such an event can be sustainable and cost effective. There’s no need for a trash can! If you plan for sustainable waste, then only recycling and compost are necessary. After the event every guest, employee and volunteer can be proud to be an environmental steward.

The Colorado Sustainable Events Guide (PDF) was designed for hosts and planners to help lessen negative impacts on the environment and make a positive contribution to the community and the planet. The content of the guide is drawn from best practices researched and the experience gained by the local Denver Greening Initiative of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.