As our community continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our team and our clients is our top priority. We're Open! Click Here to learn about the changes we've made.
During these unprecedented times, we take our role as an essential service provider seriously and we remain open to service our customers. We understand that everyone is very concerned with the potential spread of the Coronavirus. We’re following the guidelines put in place by the federal government, local governments and the CDC.
Below are some of the safety precautions we’ve implemented to protect our team and our clients:
We’re offering discounts for our customers who are able to stage their items outside of their property for pickup
We’re vetting our customers before scheduling appointments and while en-route to make sure they’re not showing signs and symptoms of illness
If the customer has access to masks or face covers, we ask that they wear them (if masks are unavailable, please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet at all times)
We are sending home any staff member exhibiting any symptoms of illness for the recommended period of time established by the CDC
All team members have been assigned masks and gloves
We are not assigning more than two team members to a truck
Our trucks and equipment are being disinfected daily
We’ve shut down our office from outside visitors and anybody who can work virtually is being encouraged to work from home
The company continues to hold regular team-wide virtual meetings to emphasize transparency and keep the lines of communication open
The decision to come to work remains 100% voluntary
Does Your Company Have an Office Recycling Program?
April’s Earth Day reminds us of one of the reasons we started 123JUNK: to keep as much out of the local landfills as possible. One of the ways you can do this in your company (other than using us) is to implement an office recycling program.
Tips for Creating an Effective Office Recycling Program
Instead of printing hard copies of documents, get into the habit of saving them to your hard drive. Email documents when possible.
Do your banking online and share documents via e-billing and online document sharing software.
Save paper by printing two-sided documents when you need a hard copy.
Save ink by using a small font on documents. Set the printer for its “draft” ink savings setting.
Reuse file folders
Use the backs of discarded papers as note pads
Purchase Recycled Materials
There are a number of items composed of recycled content you can purchase for your office use:
Reams of paper (look for 100% post-consumer recycled content)
Clipboards in 100% recycled wood (hardboard) or 60% post-consumer recycled plastic
Pens & Pencils, some are made from recycled cardboard, wood, newspaper or even old money
Dry erase and white boards, with refillable 100% aluminum markers
Manilla mailing envelopes
Clear tape made from 100% recycled content
Recycled paper clips (use paper clips instead of staples)
Office furniture and protective floor mats can also be purchased with recycled content
Create Recycling Bins
Business materials that can be recycled, according to the EPA, include plastic, steel, paper, corrugated paper, solid fiber boxes, and industrial paperboard.
Set up paper recycling bins near office desk clusters and next to copy machines
Create a recycling center in the company’s kitchen or break area for food packaging, metals and acceptable plastics
Train Your Employees
Even though you have an office recycling program in place, are your employees utilizing it? Make it easy for them to participate, and show the benefits of recycling.
Educate employees on your office recycling program
Create a “green team”
Make a list of what types of items can be recycled. If you don’t know whether an item can be recycled, use a “recyclepedia.”
Place your recycling bins and signage in prominent locations
Group bins and have separate bins for each material type
Create a “recyclable” supply room in your office where employees can place items they no longer need or use, and pick up items they need
Hold a Recycling Challenge
Create recycling contests with rewards
Develop a monthly recycling goal; change the goal each month
Offer recognition levels for recycling achievements
Have employees participate in or volunteer for an offsite recycling event
Almost everything in the office can be included in your office recycling program, however many of these items cannot be tossed into your recycling bin. They must be delivered to an e-waste recycling center, or in some cases, returned to the manufacturer.
Electronics. Pretty much anything with a cord or a plug, including computers, printers, copiers, tablets, telephones, external hard drives, USB cords, monitors, etc. can be recycled through an e-waste center or donated.
Toner cartridges and printer ribbons. Most often, these can be returned to the manufacturer for recycling or refill.
Cell phones. When a phone becomes outdated, it still has value. Cell phones can be returned to the manufacturer via a mail-in recycling program or donated to an organization as part of a fund-raising drive. Otherwise, it can go to an e-waste recycling center.
Batteries. Batteries contain metals that can be recycled, however, they also contain chemicals that can harm the environment.
CDs and DVDs. Since we’re using the cloud most often nowadays for our documents, CDs and DVDs are no longer popular. As they contain #7 polycarbonate plastic, and can release toxic gases if burned, these cannot be tossed in the trash or recycle bin.
Fluorescent bulbs. Because they contain mercury, fluorescent bulbs should not be throw into the trash.
To reduce landfill waste
To help the environment
To create jobs
To save energy, water, trees and other resources
To save money in office expenses
Office Recycling Through 123JUNK
Now that you’re collecting all these great office items for recycling, it’s time to contact 123JUNK. We’ll be glad to pick up these items in our big red trucks and deliver them to the appropriate recycling or donation centers. It’s part of our 1-2-3 Donate-Recycle-Dispose process.
And if you have items that can be recycled back into the community, like office desks, chairs or partitions, we’ll pick those up too and donate them on your behalf to our charity partners who resell these items to raise money for their causes like preventing homelessness. We’ll provide you with a receipt for tax purposes. Do this and you’ll not only get rid of items you don’t want, you’ll help both the community and the environment. Add that to your company challenge!
When you’re ready, contact 123JUNK. You’ll love our all-inclusive pricing and our stellar customer experience.