Waste Reduction Strategies
- Purchase items with recycled-content or refurbished parts. Pay
attention to items used regularly like crates, cartons, bags,
Gaylords and Gaylord liners, office and janitorial supplies. Many
European and domestic plastics manufacturers are offering
recycled-content crates. Ask vendors what they carry.
- Use re-refined petroleum products. These products are superior
for the environment: for example, it takes 42 gallons of crude oil
to make a gallon of lube oil, but just 2.5 gallons of used oil to
make the same gallon.
- Investigate using lube and hydraulic oils made from rapeseed oil
and 100% vegetable oil; these products are made in Sweden for the
forest products industry. They are biodegradable, non-toxic and have
higher ratings for temperature and viscosity than petroleum
- Use food by-product as an animal feed (check with local
authorities to see if permit is required). This is advantageous as
it can be fed all year round, is fed in both liquid and solid form,
and does not have to be altered from its original form.
- Arrange for cooperative buying whenever possible.
- Request recycled-content corrugated that delivers excellent wet
strength performance. Often packaging products with higher recycled
content aren't as white, however purchasing them helps to assure
that there will be a market for the cardboard you recycle!
- Evaluate your bottling operations for opportunities to reduce
- Incorporate waste reduction into the planning process for
special projects: Minimize discards from construction and
demolition; plan to reuse materials; provide extra container
capacity for recycling.
- If you use catering services, you may be able to negotiate a
discount for using your own dishes. Encourage caterers to serve
"family-style" in reusable serving dishes. See also Waste Reduction
Tips for Food Service.
- Use the least amount of agricultural chemicals such as
pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers as possible. For more
information concerning the safe use, handling and disposal of
pesticides, visit the University of Missouri's Household Hazardous
Waste web site.
- For basic office waste prevention tips see:
Common Recycled Content Products:
- Bulb crates, flower cartons, check-out bags, consumer goods,
gaylord totes, gaylord liners, janitorial supplies, lubrication and
hydraulic oils, packaging and product packaging.
- Establish recycling system for materials you want to collect.
Have collection areas, methods of transport and times to pick items
up. Just as you have a bin for your office paper indoors, think
about the logistics for collecting items like flower trays or
- Paper, glass, plastic, metals, wood, fiber barrels, used
automotive oil, oil filters and packaging can all be recycled or
- Sustainable Farming Practices: Visit the Appropriate Technology
Transfer for Rural Areas web site for sustainability information on
all farming sectors, crops, berries, cows, hogs, pest management,
university and K-12 information and much more.
- Green Organics: There are numerous options an organization could
look into, here are a few:
- Haul vegetative matter to a local farmer to be incorporated
into small-scale composting.
- On-site composting often is feasible and less costly than
alternatives depending on quantity and other logistics. Compost
all organic waste streams and use in landscaping operations.
Incorporate pomace and lees into vineyard solids, use as compost
or have a compost company pick-up. Do not store during winter
- Vineyards: Visit the Central Coast Vineyard Team's Sustainable
Agriculture web site.
- Sell left-over produce for livestock feed (often generate
income rather than incur disposal fees)
- Spent soil: Incorporate into composting operations
- Animal Product Waste: If there is a large quantity (such as fish
dust) it can be sold for animal feed, actually earning additional
income while cutting disposal costs.
For more information visit these web sites:
- Compost Education and Resources for Western Agriculture
- Composting Equipment
- Recyclers World central composting category
- Sustainable Agriculture Network
- US Composting Council
- US EPA Composting