Kelly's TipsEvery year, my colleagues and I receive CDs (and some DVDs) with product and press releases from industry manufacturers and marketing agencies. Don’t get me wrong - I love this medium over printed releases and photos, but you end up with a lot of plastic at the end of the year. But don’t throw those old CDs and DVDs in the trash. They can be recycled. Some companies even take the jewel cases, but I usually save those myself for when I burn CDs for family photos or work files. I recycle flash drives, too - great for transferring info between team members when the server is down.
If CD/DVD recycling is not available in your area, you will have to mail them to a center to be shredded (you can use the U.S. Post Office’s flat-rate boxes as long as the weight is less than 70 pounds). Some companies will even send you a container to fill; it’s a flat fee for the container and the shipping.
And don’t forget to recycle all that paper you’ve accumulated over the year - purge and recycle! If you don’t have a recycling program at your company, see if you can add it to your garbage disposal service.
For other tips on reducing waste, recycling electronics or disposing of hazardous waste, visit the EPA’s site at www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/index.htm.
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