This guest post was written by Pauline Petrillo who works in our Research & Development group.
When you think of being environmentally friendly in the office, you think about reducing paper usage, meal supplies & scrap, saving energy and commuting for employees. At Rubbermaid, we also have to think about how to recycle different parts of our products.
We have very rigorous quality standards for a product making it to the shelves (and into your homes), so it requires different samples to be sent from our plants for our R & D team to test along the way. We don't want any of this to hit landfills, so here is how we handle it:
–>If the product is usable and unmarked, we donate it to local charities like Second Harvest or Habitat for Humanity.
–>If the product is missing a lid or has marks, we recycle it. As a whole, 80% of our product portfolio is recyclable, so we want to make sure everything that can be re-used, is recycled.
To keep it organized in our limited office space, our R & D Safety Leader, Bill, came up with a system. We label totes with different types of materials to be recycled. As the properly labeled containers fill up, someone takes them to our storage facility. It's here that our partner, New Life Plastic Recycling collects it and takes it for new uses.
While donating is always the best choice, remember that you can also recycle your Rubbbermaid containers.