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Guest Blogger: Carol Stark "Is Your Business Filling Up Your Local Dump?"

Jun 03, 2009

Today's guest blogger is Carol Stark, CHMM, Environmental Scientist II, Solid and Hazardous Waste Division, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.

http://deq.state.wy.us/shwd/

 

Is Your Business Filling Up Your Local Dump?

Do you know that there are 51 landfills in Wyoming, and about 42 of those serve populations less than 10,000? Do you also know the monetary and environmental cost of running landfills is causing some of them to close (due to an increased awareness of operating costs)?

 

As a small business, you can make a difference in the longevity of your landfill. Cardboard, paper, metals, fluorescent light bulbs and nickel cadmium batteries can be recycled. Ink cartridges can be refilled; recycling ink cartridges is a sustainable business practice because it saves you money and also eliminates the packaging that would normally be thrown in the trash. Electronic waste (office equipment, such as computers, electronics, copiers, etc.) can be diverted from the landfill by donating to schools or computers for kids programs. Ask your computer repair shop for the nearest business that donates to Computers for Kids. Cell phones can be donated to other non-profit organizations. For leftover paint, call the nearest Habitat for Humanity; some will take unused paints. Donating to a cause is good business practice and can be great publicity.

 

For a list of recyclers in Wyoming, go to the Wyoming DEQ website at http://deq.state.wy.us/shwd/recycling. A fast search engine for listing the nearest recyclers, by type of material to be recycled, is at http://www.earth911.com/. If you can’t reuse or recycle a certain material, remember to ask your local landfill what they can or cannot accept.



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