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Waste Reduction Programs

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Baling cardboard and selling it is a better alternative to throwing it into the trash bin.

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If you have a business in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County and want to know more about starting a Business Waste Reduction Program you may contact the County’s recycling representatives. Staff will discuss options and the costs and benefits associated with starting a recycling program and the potential savings.

Schedule an appointment with SWMD staff to visit your business and conduct an on-sight assessment to determine what materials are recyclable, how to reduce waste and what recycling containers are necessary. Following the initial assessment, the waste hauler will be contacted to discuss current trash service.

Business Recycling Guide

The County of San Bernardino produced a guide to assist businesses in establishing or expanding their business recycling. This guide provides business owners and management the tools to facilitate source reduction, reuse, recycling, business waste characterizations and other templates to sustain a recycling program along with other references and contacts. The guide allows a business to take ownership of their recycling program through methods and worksheets for planning, preparation, implementation and program maintenance.

The assessment is a free service to all businesses, non-profits and schools located in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

Call 1-800-722-8004 to get started or

Click on the envelope below to email us.

The guide allows a business to take ownership of their recycling program through methods and worksheets for planning, preparation, implementation and program maintenance.

Business Recyling Guide

To download or print a copy, please click on this Business Waste Recycling Guide link.

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The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recognizes that prosperity and economic development cannot be achieved at the expense of our environment. The County must strike a balance between development and environmental stewardship to keep our economy strong and, at the same time, protect our environment.

In August 2007, the Board of Supervisors launched
Green County San Bernardino to spur the use of “green” technologies and building practices among residents, business owners and developers in the County.

Please click on the Green County San Bernardino logo for more information!

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  Zero Waste Toolkit Zero Waste ToolkitBusinesses: For more information on waste reduction and recycling, email your request by clicking on the Zero Waste Tool Kit link.
Tool Kit (CD Rom) includes –
conservation tips and tools + interviews
hauler directory + waste audit tools
awards programs + eco kids
take-it-back programs + multi-family recycling
green my ride + and many more resources.
  Businesses are reducing their waste and going green every day. Click on the links below to learn how Kéan Coffee and Vons Supermarkets have gone green and reduced their disposal costs.

Video 1
Waste Reduction & Recycling Workshop, 4/24/08
Martin Diedrich, Kéan Coffee (44:59)

Video 2
Waste Reduction & Recycling Workshop, 5/2/08
Curtis Smith, Vons / Safeway (38:42)
  Recycle Today What is Construction and Demolition? How do I recycle or reuse it?

Construction and Demolition (C&D) are materials generated in the construction and demolition of buildings, roads, home, tenant improvements, landscaping, hardscaping, and site clearing activities. This waste stream includes, but is not limited to: concrete, asphalt, gypsum, wood waste, glass, ferrous, and non-ferrous metals, red clay brick, corrugated cardboard, soils, trees, and shrubs.

Click on the guide to the left, for information on reducing, reusing, and recycling the volume of C & D materials at the source.

If you are required to fill out a Waste and Recycling Plan and/or a Recycling Summary Report please click on the links.
  The Department of Public Works Solid Waste Management Division partnered with the California Integrated Waste Management Board to bring you SBCountyMAX. This online database provides free classified listing service to help communities find markets for materials that would otherwise be discarded. Schools, non-profit organizations, and businesses and individuals can place available ads for materials that may be reusable or recyclable or wanted ads for items such as used equipment, supplies and office furniture.

To place an ad or search the available ads, click on the logo link below.
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  If your business is not located in unincorporated County of San Bernardino, assistance is still available. The County along with sixteen other towns/cities formed the Zero Waste Communities of San Bernardino County. Their offsite website offers several contacts for those jurisdictions, along with waste reducing tips and a reuse and recycling online guide, also found in the Yellow Pages.

Recycling Logo Please click on the web link below to visit their website.
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