Recycling Mandates for Business in Seattle on the Horizon

- Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The city of Seattle is considering legislation that would make it mandatory for businesses to recycle glass, plastic, tin and aluminum, effective July 2014.

The legislation was introduced last month and aims to reduce the 8,000 tons of recyclable bottles and cans Seattle businesses send to landfills each year. Six months of educational outreach to businesses would be conducted before the requirement takes effect, with one-and-a-half years before the use of civil infractions for enforcement.

This is clearly the next step in Seattle’s recycling effort. Homeowners have been recycling bottles and cans since 2005, and it’s time we re-energize the effort to preserve our dwindling natural resources.

It is already compulsory for businesses to recycle paper and cardboard in Seattle. According to city estimates, additional mandates will reduce recyclables that go to the landfill by 6,000 tons, or more than 200 shipping containers, per year by 2019. Office multi-stream recycling containers will help businesses in Seattle meet this goal.

Regardless of the size or type of business, switching to a strong recycling program is expected to save the company money. Savings will range from $55 per month for a small restaurant to $1,522 for a large office building.

To further make a business case for diverting waste from landfills, the bill will also direct Seattle Public Utilities to streamline the process for business owners to convert to comprehensive recycling, allocating $150,000 for business engagement.

The funding for business recycling outreach is doubled to ensure this is a win for both business and the environment.

As luck would have it, the move coincides with the 25th anniversary of curbside recycling in Seattle. City residents have been required to recycle glass, plastic, tin and aluminum since 2005. They now recycle 71% of their total waste, compared with 61% for businesses.

The Mobius Flex office recycling bin is perfect for use in high profile areas such as office buildings, retail stores, schools and universities. The Mobius Flex has two generously sized compartments featuring molded drop-in openings for collecting bottles and cans, paper products, organics and/or trash. Each compartment holds up to 25 gallons and is fitted with a rigid plastic liner. They are available in an unlimited combination of colors and finishes, and are perfect for even the most discriminate of locations. We also provide customized decals utilizing corporate, city, school or program branding for use on the recycling containers.

For more information on recycling containers for your business, contact The Fibrex Group.