Here find links to additional information about commerical and business recycling.

Remember, it is state law that ALL businesses in Rhode Island Recycle please refer to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management for more information.

Waste Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling Web Resources  

Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.

Find these links and documents (and more) on the NERC website:

•                      Northeast States Recycling Business Assistance Guide

•                      Market Resources for Recycling Industries

•                      Environmental Benefits Calculator

•                      Environmentally preferable/green purchasing

•                      Waste exchanges/reuse opportunities

•                      NERC member state information



The Measure of Success: Calculating Waste Reduction - An EPA document with tips on how to measure waste reduction success.

Pick-up Savings: Adjusting Hauling Services While Reducing Waste  - An EPA Waste Wise document on bidding trash and recycling services, reviewing hauling contracts and bills, and analyzing waste management costs. - An on-line tool that helps businesses determine ways to reduce waste and save money.

Earth 911 Business  - Recycling resources for businesses.

EPA Small Business Guide to Technical Assistance

GreenDisk  - Recycles all forms of electronic media and their cases including diskettes, CDs, DVDs, printer cartridges, cell phones, pagers, and more. 

U.S. Green Building Council - Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and other green building initiatives. 


Cafeterias and Restaurants

Green Hotels Association - Green ideas, resources, and supplies for the hospitality sector.

Green Restaurant Association - Information and certification program for “greening” restaurants.


Hospitals and Heath Care

Hospitals for a Healthy Environment  - Founded jointly by the American Hospital Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Health Care Without Harm, and the American Nurses Association, H2E helps to educate health care professionals about pollution prevention opportunities. 

Green Guide for Health Care  - Best practices guide for healthy and sustainable building design, construction, and operations for the healthcare industry.

Healthcare Without Harm  - International coalition of hospitals and health care systems. Website contains a wide range of resources for download.

Sustainable Hospitals Program (SHP)   - Technical support to the healthcare industry for selecting products and work practices that eliminate or reduce environmental hazards, maintain quality patient care and contain costs.


Industrial Waste Management

EPA Industrial Waste - Various tools, including a Guide for Industrial Waste Management.

Lean and the Environment  - Information and toolkit on how integrating Lean Management Principles helps environmental practices.

EPA’s Design for the Environment Partnership Program  - Working with individual industry sectors to improve products, processes, and practices.

Lean Enterprise Institute  - Nonprofit organization that develops resources to assist businesses implementing “lean” principles.



National Wooden Pallet and Container Association  - Listings of pallet and container recyclers.

Used Cardboard - Innovative company that sells quality used, new, misprinted and overrun cardboard boxes of all sizes.

Plastic Film Recovery Guide   - American Plastics Council document that presents an overview of opportunities for diverting film plastics from the waste stream to recycling. 


Click here to read Rhode Island's business recycling regulations, or visit the RI Department of Environmental Management's Offic of Waste Management webpage.