Program Details

Recycling Program Details


Each MDEQ employee should have at least one container in his or her office for the collection of white office paper and computer paper. An additional recycling receptacle is available to staff for recycling of mixed paper which includes color paper, magazines, and file folders.

Contaminants to the paper recycling program include metal binder clips, rubber bands, paper napkins/towels, food debris, hardback books, plastic binders and copy paper wrappers. In addition to eliminating contaminants, employees are requested to only place white and computer paper in the central bins designated for white and computer paper. This high grade white and computer paper should not be placed in the mixed paper bins.

It is the responsibility of each employee at MDEQ to empty collected paper for recycling at one of several collection sites located for the convenience of the staff. In addition, recycling bins are located next to each copier for the collection of paper at those sites.

Aluminum can collection containers are located in numerous areas around the facilities at MDEQ for the collection of aluminum cans generated by employees. The money raised from can sales goes towards the purchase of appliances such as microwaves and refrigerators.

Laser and ink-jet printer cartridges are collected at central locations around the MDEQ facilities for recycling. When an empty cartridge is changed out, employees are requested to place the old empty cartridge in the box the new one came in and then place the box at one of the central collection sites. These sites are generally adjacent to the white and mixed paper collection containers. The MDEQ Regional Offices, Laboratory and West Street Offices are requested to send accumulated cartridges to Southport where they will be processed for recycling.

Rechargeable batteries that power laptop computers, cell phones, and other cordless electronics are collected at central locations around the MDEQ facilities for recycling. The MDEQ Regional Offices, Laboratory and West Street Offices are requested to send accumulated batteries to Southport where they will be processed for recycling. These batteries are shipped free of charge by MDEQ to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) for recycling.

Corrugated boxes are recycled at MDEQ in a large 8-yard dumpster located at the rear of the building at Southport Center. MDEQ staff is requested to remove all packing materials that may be in the boxes so only the corrugated box is thrown into the dumpster for recycling.

MDEQ staff at Southport Center may recycle steel cans, plastic bottles (soda and milk containers) in the small recycling building in the fenced area located behind the main back door. Steel cans should be clean prior to recycling and the paper label on the cans can remain. Plastic bottles coded with a #1 or #2 can be recycled. All caps should be removed and thrown away and the bottles rinsed before placing them in the recycling bins. Plastic tubs such as the ones that yogurt and ice cream come in are not accepted nor are motor oil bottles.

Questions or comments regarding the MDEQ Office Recycling Program should be directed to the Recycling and Solid Waste Reduction Program staff at MDEQ.