Choosing a Business Recycling Option

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Every business recycling program has two options for getting recyclables to a market: self-hauling or using a service provider.

Recycling Drop-Off Centers

For businesses that have amounts too small for a service provider to pick-up, consider self-hauling recyclables to a drop-off center. Consider the following factors:

  • Is there a drop-off center nearby that takes the recyclables my business generates? (Find drop-off centers by location)
  • Do you have the staff and equipment to collect and transport recyclables?
  • Is it cost-effective for your business to self-haul recyclables?


Recycling Pick-Up Services

Most businesses prefer the convenience of having recyclables picked up. Many waste haulers provide this service in addition to their basic trash collection, check with yours. Comparison-shopping will help you find the most complete, reliable and cost-effective option. Questions to ask potential recycling service providers include:

  • What materials do you collect?
  • How should recyclables be sorted?
  • Is there a minimum amount required for collection?
  • Do you provide collection containers (desk paper trays, bins, barrels, dumpsters, outside storage containers, etc.)?
  • How is the pick-up service scheduled (weekly, on-call, etc.)?
  • Do you provide educational materials and recycling training?
  • What are your payment terms?
  • Do you require a contract for service?
  • Have you worked with my type of business before?
  • Do you have references?


For more information on establishing your business recycling program, visit our Business Recycling Guide.




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