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Materials Management & Waste Reduction

Information on recycling, composting, hazardous materials, and other waste reduction practices.

Materials used by a business are one of the most costly and emission-intensive aspects of its operations.  Greenhouse gas emissions associated with materials are not just a result of product disposal, but of the full product life-cycle, including manufacturing, procurement, and use.

To ensure that your business is saving money and reducing emissions as much as possible, management of materials should start with- but stretch beyond- traditional waste reduction.

For more information on materials management, or to receive assistance for your business, please use the following links.

Video: The impacts of recycling by a Bellevue business
The Hyatt Regency describes how they were able to save thousands of dollars and significantly increase recycling at their Bellevue location through the City’s waste reduction and recycling technical assistance program.

Recycling and Composting Resources

City of Bellevue Utilities Business Assistance
Onsite technical assistance is provided at no charge to Bellevue businesses to reduce waste and increase recycling.

Calculate Your Recycling Rate
This worksheet will help you determine your business’ recycling rate, the percentage of total solid waste (garbage plus recyclable materials) that is being recycled.

Cedar Grove Composting

Organics recycling fees on a per ton basis are generally half of waste disposal service fees! 
According to the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum, of all items in the waste stream, food scraps have among the highest potential for greenhouse gas emission reductions if composted.  The best way to get information on commercial composting programs in your city is to contact city staff or Cedar Grove Composting directly.  City of Bellevue supports businesses that want to start a composting program with “start-up kits."

EnviroStars Hazardous Waste Program

The EnviroStars Program was created in King County, Washington in 1995, as a service of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. It has since been adopted across the region in Jefferson, Kitsap, Pierce, Spokane, and Whatcom Counties.

The mission of EnviroStars is to provide assistance and incentives for smaller businesses to reduce hazardous materials and waste, in order to protect public health, municipal systems, and the environment.

Sustainable and Recycled Materials Purchasing

EPA Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
This site provides an easy index to help vendors, businesses, and consumers manage the different aspects of green purchasing processes.

King County LinkUp- Expanding the Market for Recycled Materials
LinkUp is a King County program that works to expand markets for selected recyclable and reusable materials by facilitating an interactive community of businesses, public agencies and other organizations. Each year LinkUp selects focus materials that are identified as priorities for King County. The materials selected for 2013 are asphalt shingles, carpet, mattresses and textiles.

Business Innovators

King County "Best Workplaces for Recycling" Awards

Each spring, businesses in King County are invited to demonstrate their commitment to waste reduction and recycling and apply for recognition as a Best Workplace for Recycling and Waste Reduction. Businesses receiving recognition for 2010 are listed on the website.

EPA West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum

An EPA-led partnership of western cities and states that are developing and sharing ways to integrate lifecycle materials management policies and practices into climate actions.  This forum includes many working groups that are publishing important research about the true impacts of waste and consumption.