Imagine this scene: You walk into a meeting and see dozens of StyrofoamTM coffee cups, stacks of copies of agendas and reports and more pastries than your group could consume at two meetings. Is this environmentally friendly? Your business has taken KARE 11's Great Green Challenge, so it's time to Make Your Meetings "Green."
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans throw away 25 billion StyrofoamTM cups every year. Even 500 years from now, a foam coffee cup used this morning will be sitting in a landfill. Reducing waste can make a difference for our world, and your business. Click here to learn more about why going green at your meetings and gatherings matter.
Start with these three simple steps to help make your meetings green:
- Instead of foam or other disposable cups, use reusable coffee cups and serving ware for refreshments. Also provide a sugar bowl instead of individual packets.
- When possible, try to eliminate printouts by using projectors or providing meeting materials electronically. If meeting materials must be printed, print materials double-sided, on a minimum of 30% post-consumer content recycled paper.
- Provide and clearly mark containers for food waste recycling. Food that meeting participants didn't finish is compostable. For food that was prepared but not served, deliver it to local shelters, food kitchens or allow employees to take it.
Don't forget to provide clearly marked recycling containers for paper, bottles and cans in meetings rooms. Placing them next to each garbage container makes it easy to recycle.
As part of the Great Green Challenge, try to make one meeting at your business this week "green" and encourage staff to implement changes at other meetings. Learn more by visiting the Top 10 Tips to go Green at Small Meetings page.
Visit RethinkRecycling.com/business to learn more about going green at work. Then we encourage you to take the pledge to start or improve recycling at your workplace or business. Be a champion, take the pledge, and "Join the Recycling Revolution" today!