2211 Michelson has a great recycling program that helps divert waste from landfills each month. What follows are commonly asked questions about recycling in our building:
- What can be recycled?
Paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass bottles, aluminum cans as well as electronics.
- Do I have to separate the different kinds of waste we recycle?
Recyclables need to be separated out into paper products and bottles and cans. Small desk side bins are used to collect paper products. Bottles and cans are collected in one large centrally located receptacle. Electronic waste must be kept in your suite until an e-waste event day is held at the building.
New tenants are provided with one large bin for plastic, glass and aluminum cans, one large bin for paper as well as desk side bins to collect paper products at each desk. Tenants may also order new or additional recycling containers by filling out the Recycling Container Order Form.
- How is the recycling collected?
The janitorial staff will empty the large bins for paper as well as the large bin for glass, plastic and aluminum cans. Your staff is responsible for emptying their small desk side receptacle into the large centrally located paper receptacle.
What about cardboard?
Please flatten all cardboard boxes and place them in the large bin for paper. If you are unable to place them in the bin, please stack them somewhere in your suite and mark them “trash/basura”. The janitorial crew will make sure it is recycled.
If you have an unusually large amount of cardboard recycling, please contact the Building Management Office.
- What about items that have food or liquid contamination?
Glass or plastic bottles and aluminum cans that have liquid in them can be recycled however all liquid needs to be thoroughly emptied from the container before placing them in the appropriate recycling bin.
Types of Waste Containers
- Recycling (Blue) Containers:
Typically placed in break rooms. These are emptied as needed. You may deposit any recyclable glass and plastic bottles as well as aluminum cans into these. Please empty your bottles and cans before recycling.
- Large Cardboard Containers:
Typically placed in central locations throughout the suite. These are emptied as needed. You may deposit any clean paper or cardboard into these containers. Any paper soaked with food or drink should be tossed into containers for landfills.
- Large Gray Containers:
Typically placed in break rooms. These are emptied nightly. To minimize landfill waste we encourage you and your staff to make sure any items that can be recycled are not placed in these containers as everything in these containers will be sent to a landfill.
You may use the to order waste and recycling containers.
How well do you know proper waste disposal procedures? Take our Know Your Trash quiz.
Our goal is to divert 50% of our landfill waste to recycling and/or compost by the end of 2016. A higher diversion rate is great for the environment and it lowers our refuse bill - a savings that is ultimately passed back to you. 2211 Michelson is currently at a 42% diversion rate, so we'll need everyone's participation to boost that up to 50%!
Kilroy Realty facilitates the reduction of electronic waste through its recycling program. Electronic waste is filled with heavy metals that are environmentally damaging to extract and pollute air and water when disposed of in incinerators or landfills. The Building Management team targets at least one e-waste collection event per year. We ensure our e-waste providers are processing our electronic waste domestically and not shipping it abroad, a common practice that causes significant environmental and health problems.
To find out the date of the building’s next e-waste event, please contact the Building Management Office.