(The) Consumer's Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste Describes how consumers can reduce their garbage by making environmentally aware decisions about the products and packaging they purchase, use, and ultimately dispose of. Suggestions follow four basic principles: reduce, reuse, recycle, and respond.Disposal Tips for Home Health Care (Patient Flyer) Adobe Acrobat PDF File || About... Provides tips for preventing injury, illness, and pollution when disposing of sharp objects and contaminated materials used in administering home health care. Describes simple steps to safely dispose of needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharp objects.Electronics Reuse and Recycling Directory - March 1997 Provides resources for information on reuse and recycling of a variety of consumer electronics, such as computers, televisions, video cameras, etc. Lists contact information for original equipment manufacturers, scrap dealers that utilize certain components within these products, businesses that dismantle or repair electronic items, and community and charitable organizations. The Bohning Company.-A RETAP Success Story.This 1997 case study shows how a small northern Michigan manufacturer was able to successfully implement a number of waste reduction techniques with the assistance of the Michigan Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program. Conservation Tips for Businesses. This fact sheet covers a number of environmental areas including toxics reduction, energy efficiency and basic conservation activities. Considerations in Selecting a Commercial (Off-Site) Solvent Recycling Service Low Energy Recycling of Foundry Sand. This 1996 case study highlights the recycling efforts of foundry sand by Wolverine Bronze Company in Roseville, Michigan. At the heart of the system is a low energy "scrubbing." technique. McNaughton & Gunn, Inc. This is a case study about a book printer located in Saline, Michigan. Its process generates paper, film scraps, aluminum printing plates, ink, and office paper waste. In an effort to reduce adverse impacts to the environment and to reduce disposal costs, the company strives to prevent or minimize the amount of waste being generated (source reduction). Source reduction strategies such as raw material input substitution, working with suppliers to reduce input packaging, and office management changes were key components in eliminating hazardous and solid waste. Michigan Materials Exchange Service. This publication describes how your company can list materials and find materials using the Michigan Materials Exchange Service. Four on-line services are used to help locate markets for industrial over-runs, surpluses and other materials. Pollution Prevention: What You Can Do At Your Facility. This publication takes you through the various areas in a typical facility where there is potential for pollution. It provides information and techniques for preventing pollution at the source. (pdf) Procuring Recycled Products Fact Sheet (pdf ) Recycled Materials Market Directory (RMMD) The RMMD is a list developed by the Environmental Assistance Division to assist generators and collectors in finding markets for recyclable materials. Eight major sections (drums & barrels, glass, metals, oils & solvents, paper, plastics, pallets & wood & yard wastes, and miscellaneous) contain categories for a variety of recyclables such as old newsprint and clear container glass. It also contains difficult and new recyclables such as dry cell batteries and tires. Plans are underway to provide this information on the Internet and on disk as well as having it available in printed form. Please leave a message including your address with the Environmental Assistance Center and a paper copy will be mailed to you. Recycling at Lorin Industries. This case study describes the reduction efforts of a job shop coil anodizer in Muskegon, Michigan. Through recycling of metals and other solid waste, chemical recovery, wastewater pretreatment, and water and energy conservation, the company is well on its way to a goal of zero discharge. Reducing Corrugated Cardboard Waste. Corrugated cardboard is a common packing material that many businesses accumulate as waste. This fact sheet provides useful information on how you may be able to reduce that waste or collect it for recycling. Reducing Office Paper Waste. This fact sheet includes tips that any office can use to reduce the amount of office paper waste it generates. It also includes the basics for setting up a paper recycling program. Trickle Down Waste Water Reuse. Pilot Transport in Brighton, Michigan, is a trucking company that transports prototype vehicles around the country. Part of running a successful transport company involves washing the transport vehicles often. The result is a large volume of oily waste water. The company decided that the best option for dealing with this waste from a cost, as well as from an environmental standpoint, was to capture, clean and reuse the waste water. This case study describes the process. Waste Reduction/Pollution Prevention: Checklist and Glossary. This fact sheet contains common waste reduction practices that can be applied in any business and at most facilities. The glossary contains definitions of terms often used in discussions of pollution prevention and waste reduction. (pdf)
A comprehensive Internet recycling information resource. Includes recycling directories, a reference library on recycling, a stock page, and a Glossary of Recycling Terms listing hundreds of terms commonly used in the recycling industry.
ISRI is composed of over 1,600 industry member companies that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, and textiles. Members also include suppliers of equipment and services to the industry.
The IWRC provides services such as on-site reviews, pollution prevention solutions, compliance assistance and comprehensive resources for many industries. The IWRC also maintains a waste exchange for the State of Iowa.
NORA encourages and promotes the proper recycling of used oil, oil filters, used antifreeze, and other automotive and industrial materials through education and the development of legislation. Information about memberships, conferences, and regulatory alerts is available at this site.
Recycling information compiled by the Ohio EPA Office of Pollution Prevention. Includes information on recycling antifreeze, batteries, computers, fluorescent lamps, freons and CFC's, mercury, motor oil, motor oil Bottles, construction debris, plastics, wood and more. Also links to Ohio Waste Exchanges.
Provides information relating to secondary or recyclable commodities, by-products, used and surplus items or materials and collectible items. Includes listing of exchange services and publications.
Roanoke Valley, VA - DON'T THROW IT AWAY -- GIVE IT AWAY! The RVRA Waste Market is a public service of the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority. If you have usable items in good condition, such as paint, driveway sealer, batteries, cleaners, antifreeze, wood preservatives, paint stripper, pool chemicals, photographic chemicals or other similar items that are no longer of use to you, the Waste Market is the place to go. Click here to add your entry. Rot Web
This site is dedicated to the art of home composting.
The Surplus & Scrap Wood Products Exchange Directory is a waste exchange that provides a way for wood shops, furniture manufacturers and sawmills, etc. large and small, to conserve resources, increase wood utilization and increase profits.
The U.S. Environmental / Recycling Hotline is a directory of local recycling centers located throughout the U.S. The system allows you to search by geographic region, zip code and material type. A good first stop for finding centers in your local area that accept basic recyclables such as paper, metal, plastic, auto parts, etc.
The U.S. EPA WasteWi$e program is designed to assist businesses in taking cost-effective actions to reduce solid waste in each of three areas: Waste prevention, Recycling collection, and Buying or manufacturing recycled products.