Mini Bin Program

In April 2002, Brewer Science felt it was time to do more to protect the environment than the standard aluminum can, mixed paper and cardboard recycling they had done for years. The Mini Bin initiative began as a pilot program in January 2003, and by December 2003, the entire company had adopted the process.

Program Basics

Everyone has his or her own recycle bin and trash can which he or she is responsible for emptying. There are central recycling centers and garbage receptacles for sorting and dumping. The janitorial staff empties the larger receptacles into outdoor bins. These bins are hauled to the local Recycling Center about every 10 days.

Benefits

  • Encourages reduction and teaches recycling.
  • Increases awareness of the amount of trash one person generates.
  • Diverts waste from local landfills.
  • Closes the recycling loop by purchasing recycled-content materials.
  • It's EASY!

Results

Mini Bin The amount of recyclable material found in our trash dropped from 34% to 11%. Waste diverted from the landfill increased from a monthly average of 1,400 pounds to 8,000 pounds. Since inception, Brewer Science employees have recycled over 460 tons of material, which translates into a significant cost avoidance for waste disposal. Within the first three years the annual disposal cost per employee dropped by an average of 12%.

Brewer Science, Inc. was awarded a $6,350 grant in 2003 and a $5,000 grant in 2004 from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste District due to the success of the Mini Bin program. This money was used to purchase recycling centers made from 100% recycled plastic, mini bins, and desk side recycle bins. The Mini Bin program is affordable, easy to implement, and effective.

Types of Materials Collected at Brewer Science, Inc., for Recycling

  • Cardboard
  • Plastic Bags and Shrink Wrap
  • Aluminum
  • Plastic Bottles and Jugs
  • Shredded Paper
  • Shipping and Packaging Materials
  • Mixed Paper
  • Batteries
  • Metal and Steel
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Teflon Scraps
Recycling Center


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