Business and Apartment Recycling

56% of Boise businesses recycle. In 2017, about 7000 tons of recycled materials have been collected. That's an 11% increase from 2016! Whether you are a small office or a large business, we can help you get started in setting up a recycling program where you work.

To receive a review of your business and find out how you can get the most out of recycling, contact Curb It.

Tips For Success

  • Always have a trash receptacle next to a recycling bin. Lone recycling bins tend to pick up a lot of trash.
  • Designate an employee to be the recycling coordinator. They can be responsible for implementing these changes and periodically checking on the materials ending up in recycling bins.
  • After you implement these changes, check back periodically to make sure your recycling program is running smoothly.

Business Recycling - Changes

Due to significant shifts in international recycling markets, the City of Boise made the following changes to what is accepted in recycling carts and dumpsters:

  • For plastics, only bottles, jugs and jars that are marked with a #1 or #2 are accepted (examples: empty soda and juice bottles, milk jugs and detergent jugs).
  • For cardboard, metal containers, and paper (office/copier paper, newspapers, magazines and catalogs), continue to recycle these items (no change).
  • Leave recyclables loose; recyclables can no longer be bagged when placed in recycling carts or dumpsters.

Here's a list of who you need to reach out to, which messages to use, and some tools you can use. All commercial properties are different and not all of these guidelines will apply. Use what is right for your business.

Custodial Staff

Whether you have in-house custodians, a service contract, or do it yourself.

DO: Throw loose recyclables into your recycling cart or dumpster.

Continue to recycle cardboard, metal containers, and paper (office/copier paper, newspapers, magazines and catalogs) as normal.

DON'T: Bag recycled material before placing in cart or dumpster.

Small organizations - empty the recycling bin into the recycling cart or dumpster without using a bag.

Large organizations  - use clear bags to collect the recyclables, empty bag into the recycling cart/dumpster and place the bag in the trash.

Employees / Staff

All employees or staff members of a business, school, etc.

DO: Throw only accepted items into the recycling bin.

Customers

Any public-facing recycling containers used by your customers, students, etc.

DO: Throw only accepted items into the recycling bin.


Apartment Recycling - Changes

Due to significant shifts in international recycling markets, the City of Boise made the following changes to what is accepted in recycling carts and dumpsters:

  • The only plastic items allowed are bottles, jugs and jars that are marked with a #1 or #2 are accepted (examples: empty soda and juice bottles, milk jugs and detergent jugs).
  • No other plastic items can go in recycling, including water bottles, plastic bags (not even to bag other recyclables), and plastic films (like shrink wrap).
  • Continue to recycle cardboard, metal containers, and paper (office/copier paper, newspapers, magazines and catalogs) as normal.


Resources

SAMPLE LETTER (for custodial staff)

SAMPLE LETTER (for employees)

Customize the text with your information and distribute through email, or print a copy to deliver or place in a public space.

PRINTABLE SIGN

(PDF)- Place new recycling signs near recycling bins at work and other areas (break rooms, copy rooms, common areas).

SAMPLE NEWSLETTER

If you have a company newsletter, modify to fit your space needs.

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