Outmoded cell phones. Antiquated computers. Outdated documents. Recyclables abound when maintaining or organizing office space on an ongoing basis. Help out our environment by learning how to properly recycle the items you no longer need.
Surplus and salvaged materials leftover from office construction projects are collected and sold at deep discounts. Appliances less than 4 years old, office furniture, cabinets, and more can be donated. Visit BuildGreen!NYC for more information.
As of January 2015, NYC consumers were no longer allowed to dispose of electronic waste in landfills or in their regular trash pickup. The recycling options include using a manufacturer’s take back program or disposing at an electronic waste collection site. Click here to learn more about both recycling options.
The Lower East Side Ecology Center offers free disposal of working and nonworking electronics. They provide collection events seasonally in neighborhoods, and accept equipment at their storage facility during the week. Click here for more information.
ReuseNYC Donations Exchange accepts used and surplus materials, such as building materials from an office redesign, computers, electronics, office equipment, furniture, office supplies, and more. They facilitate the exchange from organizations and businesses that no longer need them to other entities that do. Click here for more information.
Paper and Plastic
GrowNYC is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers and provides extensive information concerning recycling many every day items from paper to electronics to plastic and much more. Click here for more information.
Call2Recycle offers locations all around NYC to drop off and recycle your rechargeable batteries that were collected when organizing your office storage closet. Find locations here.
Fedex provides secure collection bins in select stores. Confidential paperwork like financial documents and bills as well as junk mail, file folders and notebooks can be deposited in the bins. To find a Fedex location that offers shredding services, click here.
The first step to paper management is limiting the amount of paper mail coming into your home office or office building. You will not only reduce the cost to the environment, but will save time sorting through unwanted mail.
- To stop credit card offers: One call to 1-888-5-OPT OUT (or 1-888-567-8688) does it for all credit agencies or go to optoutprescreen.com.
- To stop catalogs: Call, fax, or write the Customer Service Department requesting that they drop you from their list. You will need the information on the mailing label in order for your request to be processed.