4 Ways Businesses Can Recycle Their Used Materials for the Community

When your business is updating its equipment or furnishings or when you are having a big clean-out day, you may end up with piles of items that are no longer needed. Sending these items off to the landfill could be costly, and disposing of useful things is wasteful. Consider these four ways in which your business could recycle those gently used items and benefit the community.

Donating Furniture

Many businesses replace dated furniture with modern, multi-functional pieces. Offer your old conference tables, desks, supply cabinets, shelving units and chairs to community groups that could put them to use. Most of these furnishings are made of mixed materials and cannot otherwise be recycled. Donating them to a non-profit group helps to keep these large, bulky and serviceable items out of the landfill.

Cutting up Old Concrete

When installing a new driveway at your business, ask the contractor to cut up the old concrete and donate it to community building projects. Some companies, such as Greene Concrete Cutting Inc., know that the concrete could be crushed, pulverized, and used for fill. If the concrete is roughly brick shaped and sized, it could be used to create flower beds or vegetable gardens on vacant city lots. The concrete could also be used for art projects in community parks.

Offering Unneeded Supplies and Equipment

If your business is updating your equipment, consider offering up the older units to a community organization. Some items that might be useful to the community include phones, computer monitors, printers, toner cartridges, printer paper and other office supplies. In some cases, you may be able to recycle the materials and donate the proceeds to the community organization of your choice.

Sending Decorative Materials to Arts Organizations

Decorative materials can be recycled to arts organizations, schools, community centers and childcare programs. Some items that fall into the category of decorative materials could include paper, glue, paint, paintbrushes, fabric or wallpaper scraps, beads, yarn and other related materials. These items can be turned into therapeutic and artistic projects for seniors, kids, at-risk youth and other groups of people who enjoy the arts.

Donating your company's used but useful materials could be a boon for a worthy community group or organization. Your donation could help the group to expand their activities or serve more people. If you choose to make the donation to a tax-exempt organization, you might even be able to enjoy a deduction when it comes time to filing your company's federal tax returns at the end of the year.

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