Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Microsoft has a large corporate recycling effort.
Every office, every mail room, every kitchenette,
every conference room has a recycling bin.
The dining facilities
earned Green Restaurant Certification,
and there is a goal of making the cafeterias a
zero-landfill facility by 2012.
(Hey, that's this year!)
A few years ago,
I found one room in my building that didn't have a recycling bin,
and you'd think it'd be one of the rooms near the top of the list
for needing one.
The room without a recycling bin was the copy machine room.
As a result, people were throwing their unwanted cover sheets
and other paper waste into the regular garbage.
I decided to
I took a recycling bin from an unused office and moved it
into the copy room.
Bonus recycling bin irony:
For many years,
each office had three recycling bins,
each labeled for its intended contents:
white paper, mixed paper, and aluminum cans.
automated sorting technology
removed the need
to separate these recyclables manually,
and in 2008, all three recycling bins were replaced with
a single recycle bin,
which was labeled with the simple three-arrow recycling logo.
The irony is that Microsoft was going to toss
all the old recycling bins into a landfill
because they couldn't find anybody who wanted them.
Alert Microsoft employee Tom Roth
found the right people in Building Facilities
and got them to
stop the trucks as they were about 100 feet from dumping
40,000 perfectly good plastic bins into a landfill.
Tom's son Justin works in the recycling industry,
and he used his contacts to get the word out,
and soon requests for recycling bins were coming in
from all over the state of Washington.
It took three months,
but they eventually found homes for all of the recycle bins.
Ironic disaster averted.