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Shopping centers are an ideal place to share the recycling message. American consumers visit at least one of the 46,000 retail centers across the country an average of 2.5 times per month. 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.
Read about the environmental benefits of recycling to learn why its so important.
Retailers and shopping center managers can learn how to set up a recycling program and reduce packaging waste by visiting EPAs Americas Marketplace Recycles: A Guide to Waste Reduction at Shopping Centers.
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. So spread the word about Recycle on the Go!