Let's Stop Waste...At Work

To help your business start or improve a waste reduction and recycling program, Hamilton County provides free technical assistance through Let’s Stop Waste. Call 513-946-7732 or email to learn more about how Let’s Stop Waste… At Work can help you reduce waste and save money. Please include your business name and address. 

Learn more about Let’s Stop Waste… At Work and find information and tools to start and maintain a waste reduction program in the toolkit below.

Learn How Let's Stop Waste...At Work, Works

The District works with you and your waste hauler to develop a customized waste reduction plan for your business.

Your business receives:

  • Free recycling containers for indoor collection

  • Coordination of recycling services with your waste hauler

  • Education about waste reduction and recycling for your employees

  • A decal advertising that your business recycles

Establish a Waste Reduction & Recycling Program at Work

Waste reduction makes good business sense as it often reduces your trash disposal costs. Whether you are just starting a program or looking to improve an existing one, it’s always best to start with a plan.

Steps to start a successful waste reduction and recycling program include:

  • Appoint a coordinator(s) and obtain management support

  • Understand the type and amount of materials/recyclables generated

  • Brainstorm ways to reduce the materials in the waste stream and use reusable and durable products

  • Contact your waste hauler about recycling services

  • Develop an efficient collection system

  • Educate employees and visitors

  • A Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District representative is available to guide you through each step of this process including providing interior containers, coordination with your waste hauler, and education for employees. You can also view more detailed information on each step of the process here.

Find Tips to Reduce and Reuse Waste at Work

If waste never gets created, then your business never has to pay to dispose of it! In addition to benefitting the bottom line, reducing waste is also the best way to save landfill space and can enhance your sustainability image.

Here are some simple ways to start reducing and reusing waste in the workplace:

  • Maintain an electronic filing system

  • Share, review, and edit documents on-screen

  • Print double-sided (set this as default)

  • Opt to receive emails instead of paper mail or bills

  • Refill toner cartridges

  • Use rechargeable batteries

  • Bring reusable dishes and utensils to the office

Reduce Wasted Food

Every year in Hamilton County, over 130,000 tons of food is thrown away. Restaurants, food manufacturers, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses in the food industry can fight hunger by reducing wasted food and donating surplus food.

Some simple tips to get your office started on reducing wasted food include:

  • Examine food purchasing policies to reduce excess food purchasing

  • Encourage employees to store food properly and take leftovers home

  • If you have a cafeteria, implement a trayless system and reduce serving utensil size

  • Track the amount of food thrown out to find opportunities to cut back on orders

  • Surplus food can also be donated to a local food pantry or shelter. One local option is the Freestore Foodbank which works with 450 local soup kitchens and drop in centers to distribute donated food. The Foodbank can even pick up surplus food in a refrigerated truck. Simply call 513-482-4536 or visit www.freestorefoodbank.org to donate. You can also find a map of other pantries here.

    Food donation has many benefits including:

  • Reduce hunger in the community

  • Receive a tax benefit from the donation

  • Save money on waste disposal costs

  • Convey a socially and environmentally responsible public image

  • In addition, the Good Samaritan Food Law (Ohio revised Code Section 2305.37) protects food donors from liability. A good faith donor of perishable food fit for human consumption will not be subject to civil damages resulting from the condition of the food.

Motivate Employees to Reduce Waste

A successful waste reduction program has the participation and support of employees, managers, and sometimes even customers. However, getting employees to adopt waste reduction behaviors is not always easy. We suggest strategic and consistent communication.

Best practices for motivating and educating employees to reduce waste include:

  • Showcase management support for the program

  • Involve employees in the decision-making process

  • Use creative imaging and signage to draw attention to the program

  • Provide motivating and consistent updates about success of the program

  • Offer in-person training

  • For more details on these best practices, view this guide.

Read In The Green Newsletter

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District provides a quarterly e-newsletter featuring sustainability content and ideas specifically for industry and business. To subscribe, follow this link.

Employee Enrichment Seminars

Are you interested in bringing enrichment programs to your workplace? We offer educational programs typically lasting 45 minutes. Whether it is part of a staff meeting, lunch and learn, or a standalone presentation, we are happy to come out to your location. If you are a member of a club outside of work, these presentations are also available early evenings, Monday through Thursday. A minimum of 12 participants are required for programming and are limited to addresses in Hamilton County.

Email Jenny Lohmann for more information and to register.

Save the Food: Learn Tips and Tricks to Reduce Your Grocery Bill
40% of all food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. In addition, the changing habits of Americans these last 20 years has led to a myriad of health issues. This presentation teaches how to prevent food waste. It will discuss proper food storage, identify cultural shifts such as portion distortion, and address the misconceptions behind date labeling of foods. Attendees will leave equipped with information and resources needed to make the most of the food they purchase and understand the true value of food.

Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting
In Hamilton County, almost 25% of what goes into our landfills could be composted. Participants will learn the basics such as how to balance a compost bin, what materials are compostable, and some troubleshooting.  Attendees will receive a "Simple Guide to Composting in Your Backyard" booklet, an "I Heart Compost" magnet, and the opportunity for a kitchen collector.

Sustainable Management of Resources for a Better Future
In our region, nearly 63% of what we throw in the trash does not need to be landfilled. Landfills are built to protect our environment. They entomb valuable resources and create methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Learn about the inner workings of a landfill and receive tips on how to reduce your impact.