Although the City does not provide commercial service, there are still some requirements for businesses, and opportunities to recycle. Though the City does not currently have the resources to assist businesses with recycling programs, there are several companies in the area that can.
Recycling in commercial enterprises is important because commercial waste makes up about 40% of total municipal solid waste. Business and industry operations generate recyclable materials in many areas, such as offices, cafeterias, supply stores, shipping or warehouse units, print shops, and production areas. Many businesses are already enthusiastically collecting recyclables in high-profile programs, while others are just beginning. Collecting recyclables costs money, but it also saves money by reducing the volume of waste that have to be disposed.
This could be as simple as getting a few recycling containers with instructions for employees. Although the City does not collect commercial recycling, there are companies in Durham that do. A simple web search will turn up some companies that you can explore contracting with to take your recycling. You may also obtain assistance from the State’s Department of Environmental Quality at: NC DEQ: NC DEQ