California launches unique ‘recycling starter
Sacramento, CA— The California
Department of Conservation celebrated the 35th anniversary of
Earth Day with the launch of a “Recycling Starter Kit”
designed to increase recycling opportunities in businesses statewide.
The easy-to-use kit will help businesses establish a sustainable
recycling program for empty bottles and cans.
“Starting a beverage container
recycling program is a great way for businesses to take an active
role in conserving California’s precious natural resources,”
said Mike Chrisman, secretary for resources. “And at $.04
for containers less than 24 ounces and $.08 for larger containers,
California businesses have the opportunity to cash in on a portion
of an estimated $360 million in California Refund Value that is
simply thrown in the trash each year.” The waste amount
is equivalent to approximately 8 billion containers.
A signature lightweight recycling
bin is the kit’s centerpiece, accompanied by a variety of
eye-catching recycling posters, stickers and tips on how to set
up an ongoing beverage container recycling program.
Before developing the Recycling
Starter Kit program, the Department conducted several beverage
container recycling pilot programs throughout the state to help
learn best practices in a variety of business types including
bars and restaurants, office environments and gyms. As a result,
three high-profile California companies including, Gold’s
Gym, Gap and the Hard Rock Cafe, now have effective, bottle and
can recycling programs that have been embraced by their employees
and customers since April 2004.
Businesses interested in receiving
a Recycling Starter Kit can order one now by visiting www.bottlesandcans.com
(click on “Start a Recycling Program”).