When starting a residential recycling program, you should contact your state or municipal solid waste management office. They can help you develop a program customized to your communitys needs. It is also helpful to form a recycling green team of community members interested in supporting a recycling program. Your community may form this team through your homeowners association.
- Old newspapers are the most common type of recyclable paper that homes generate. Abitibi Paper Retriever Recycling Program encourages residents to recycle paper products, particularly newspapers, with bright green and yellow containers in highly visible and convenient locations.
- Magazines are also easy to recycle. Learn about magazine recycling through Recycling Magazines Is Excellent (ReMix) partnership.
Use the following resources to find a recycling advisor to help you set up your program:
- EPA maintains a list of all the solid waste programs throughout the country.
- Earth 911 maintains a database with comprehensive and specific recycling information for cities and towns in the United States.
- For the Northeast states, the Northeast Recycling Council maintains information on member representative and state environmental protection divisions.
- The Paper Industry Association Council has information about starting a paper recycling program in your community, along with other resources about paper recycling.
- The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) connects recycling professionals and advocates across the country. Contact NRCs affiliated recycling organizations to find local assistance for starting a recycling program near you.