To provide a cost effective and environmentally sound way of managing office waste by reducing the amount of waste generated, maximizing the life of products by reusing whenever possible, recycling all acceptable materials, disposing only what is necessary and buying recycled products.
Carroll County Government is committed to the practices of this policy, which maximizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and buying recycled products in its daily operations. Carroll County is also committed to being an example to its citizens and businesses in recycling and waste reduction efforts. Recycling is a key component of waste management and helps in the conservation of energy and natural resources while reducing waste.
It shall be the responsibility of each Carroll County employee and agency to actively participate in recycling and waste reduction programs and activities to reduce the amount of waste generated. This shall be achieved by:
Waste prevention can be defined as an activity that prevents waste from being generated. Prevention of waste is the most cost-effective waste management strategy.
Employees are encouraged to follow the following guidelines for reducing waste, including but not limited to:
Purchase products that can be reused rather than those designed for one-time use. Whenever practical, exercise the following guidelines:
Recycling is the process of remanufacturing materials collected from the waste stream to make new products. Recycling offers a way to avoid disposing of waste that cannot be prevented. County Government can recycle all waste paper except for: carbon paper, old blueprints, laminated paper, or any heavily soiled paper.
All County Agencies and employees are required to participate in the County’s Single Stream Recycling Program, which may change from time to time depending on markets and resources, without further amendment of this policy provided advance notice is given to County agencies and employees.
Acceptable for Recycling:
In addition to the above list, County agencies are encouraged to reuse/recycle, office furniture, equipment, car/truck tires, car batteries, cell phones, toner cartridges, re-chargeable batteries, scrap metal, motor oil, antifreeze, yard trimmings etc.
Buy Recycled Products
Any successful program for recycling and waste reduction requires not only the collection of recyclable materials, but also must include the purchase of recycled and recyclable products in order to stimulate the markets, thereby, effectively closing the recycling loop.
Whenever practical and economical, County departments and agencies are encouraged to purchase recycled products. The Bureau of Purchasing will participate in regional and state programs for purchasing products made from recycled materials.
The following agencies shall assist in the support and promotion of County’s recycling and waste reduction efforts as described below:
Recycling Operation - Provide promotional and educational information to be distributed via e-mail, Intranet reminders, employee newsletters and paycheck inserts.
General Services – To provide proper receptacles for waste and recycling and to instruct custodial staff on proper recycling procedures.
Human Resources – Shall include recycling program literature in new employee information packets and shall refer to the County’s Recycling Policy during new employee orientation sessions.
Purchasing Office – Shall assist County agencies on specifications for recycled content products whenever practical and cost effective. Purchasing will also assist in locating catalogs and information for recycled content products and supplier options.
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