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Office Recycling

At Brookhaven, we recycle much of what we use. All staff members and guests are required to recycle common office materials to save money, energy, and natural resources.

Brookhaven Lab has been recycling mixed paper for more than 20 years. That doesn’t just include office copy paper anymore, but newspaper, catalogs, envelopes, file folders, books, post-its, and junk mail, among other paper products which are collected from employees weekly. We recycle cans, plastic containers, and clean aluminum foil as well as corrugated cardboard, office electronics, and printer/toner cartridges.

As part of a site-wide initiative, we have launched a campaign to increase our recycling numbers. Every person on site can and should recycle! Recycling conserves natural resources, conserves energy, reduces wastes going to landfills and saves the Lab money in avoided disposal costs. Approximately $500,000 in annual savings has been generated from income from recyclables and from not having to send the materials off-site as waste.

recycling poster

Bottles, Cans, and Plastic

95% less energy is required to produce a recycled aluminum can than manufacturing a new one from raw materials.  Recycling also saves the Lab money, generating annual savings of approximately $500,000. This comes not only from the income generated, but also from the cost avoidance of not shipping the materials as waste to the Town of Brookhaven facility.

In the past twelve years, the Lab has recycled 235 tons of bottles, cans, and plastic. During fiscal year 2017, the Lab recycled 5.4 tons of these materials. Remember—all rigid plastic containers may be recycled after cleaning.  All beverage recyclables, along with used aluminum foil, must be rinsed before being placed in the appropriate recycling container. All plastic and metal recyclable food and beverage containers should be placed in the yellow recycling containers.  Glass containers should be disposed of in the trash. You'll find these containers in kitchens, lunch rooms, and other eating areas in your building.

Mixed Paper

Brookhaven Lab has had a very longstanding and robust recycling program. For example, we've been recycling mixed paper for more than two decades. In the past twelve fiscal years, the Lab recycled 1,725 tons of mixed paper — an average of 144 tons per year.

Everyone deals with paper. Mixed paper includes not just office paper but newspapers, catalogs, envelopes, and junk mail — and the list goes on. Mixed paper must be placed in the blue recycling containers, which are emptied every Tuesday by the Site Resources custodians, in time for Wednesday pick up by our vendor.

Think about this: there are 2,500 employees on-site. If each person recycled six sheets of paper a day for one week that would be 84,000 sheets of paper. This amount of paper weighs about 150 pounds. Spread the word and do your part.

What we recycled between 2006 and 2017

recycled paper

Mixed Paper

recycled bottles

Bottles, Cans, and Plastic

recycled cardboard


recycled toner

Toner Cartridges