Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.
Shopping centers are an ideal place to share the recycling message. By establishing a recycling program, shopping centers can encourage both the public and retail suppliers to throw away less trash. They are another venue not only to accomplish recycling but also to promote the message. Targets of opportunity include:
- Corrugated cardboard packaging
- Wood pallets
- Plastic packaging
- Mixed paper
- Office paper
- Food court waste
- Glass, metal, and plastic beverage containers
- Food waste
- Yard waste
Retailers and shopping center managers can learn how to set up a recycling program and reduce packaging waste by visiting EPA's America's Marketplace Recycles: A Guide to Waste Reduction at Shopping Centers (PDF) (52 pp, 2.9 Mb, about PDF).
In addition, since recycling programs often reduce waste disposal costs and can create revenue from selling recyclables, retailers and shopping center managers can improve their bottom lines.