Whether your company is looking to improve your existing sustainability program or looking to get started, MCL Sustainable Cleaning Solutions can assist you from start to finish. A well run recycling and waste diversion program can save you money on waste disposal costs by diverting recyclables and organics from a landfill. It can be a visual statement to your employees, customers and the community about your overall sustainability efforts. A waste diversion program can also meet government and corporate requirements.  MCL has partnered with the Recycling Council of Ontario and together, we are pleased to review your objectives in detail.

Waste diversion is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “The prevention and reduction of generated waste through source reduction, recycling, reuse and composting. Waste diversion generates a host of environmental, financial and social benefits, including conserving energy, reducing disposal costs, and reducing the burden on landfills and other waste disposal methods.”

Composting plays a key role in achieving any zero waste initiatives. Composting is a biological process of breaking up organic matter such as food waste, coffee grounds, landscape waste, and paper (among other materials), and is sometimes described as “nature’s way of recycling.” Diverting compost can dramatically reduce the anaerobic decay of food in landfills, which releases methane and increases global warming.

Zero waste is defined by the Zero Waste International Alliance as “Designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”

Waste can be diverted from going to the landfill by making procurement choices which consider source and packaging reduction; by implementing a recycling program for all recyclable materials in the facility; and by composting the materials which are eligible, such as food and landscape waste (even paper towels are compostable!). Finally it’s time to “close the circle” by purchasing items with post-consumer recycled content – before starting the whole process over from the beginning.

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MCL has products for all of your recycling & waste diversion needs. Let us be part of your solution.

MCL offers many sustainable solutions to help facilities divert recyclable and compostable materials from a landfill. We can provide everything from individually labeled and color-coded receptacles, to integrated collection systems and in-vessel rotary drum digestion systems for converting organics into compost. Taking steps towards waste diversion not only honors the environment, but can also potentially assist when a project is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and other green certifications.

Looking to achieve zero waste? Start your journey with these tips.