Quarterly Newsletter        January 2014  
Recycle Tip: 
Wash and save glass jars for handy use as storage, vases, and food leftover containers.   

Services DC Environmental Provides
  • Waste Stream Management
  • E-Cycling (Electronic Waste Recycling)
  • LEED Compliant Waste Audits
  • Recycling Reports
  • Bulky Item Pickup  
  • Additional Services:
    • Document Destruction
    • Temporary Roll Off Services
    • Seasonal Services
    • Universal Waste Recycling Program
    • Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling
    • "Share the Success" Programs - to help publicize client sustainability successes
    • Compactor Monitoring
Schedule an Electronic Waste Event for your Building:
Do you or your tenants have some e-waste piling up in your building?  If so, please contact us to schedule a pick-up or an event for your tenants at no cost to you.
(Please note: minimum weight requirement must be met)

Waste Audit:
Are you looking to begin the LEED certification process?  DC Environmental offers comprehensive, LEED compliant waste audits as an added service to help you achieve the numerous LEED prerequisites and credits related to waste management and diversion.  Contact us to schedule a waste audit.
(Cost details upon request)


Data Security Solutions  

with Electronics Recycling

Our preferred electronics waste recycling vendor
understands the risk of data theft and undertakes a wide range of data erasing, sanitation and destruction services for government, military and law enforcement authorities and has extensive experience in this field. Either on-site or after secure transport to one of their asset management facilities, this provider eradicates proprietary information embedded in hard-drives and further processes the assets for reuse or recycling.

What you gain:
  • Data Protection Services
  • Witnessed Destruction
  • Ultimate Security
  • Certificates of Recycling and Destruction  

DC Environmental Making A Sustainable Difference in Southern California 

Over the past decade, DC Environmental has helped property management teams in Southern California make a huge impact on reducing the amount of waste sent to our landfills.  We have successfully implemented and executed over 400 tailored recycling programs for all types of properties that have diverted tons of valuable recyclables out of the waste stream and into the hands of recycling facilities.

Landfills are a finite resource that will run out and since Southern California is situated between mountains and ocean, the space to construct new landfills is limited...and in our view unnecessary. Our company focus is to work with property management teams to get all tenants on-board with the mantra of reduce, reuse, recycle, rot (compost) because it not only saves money, but it saves our environment.

Looking Ahead: Five Things Property Management Teams Should Do To Start 2014 with Sustainability in Mind 


1. Trim Your Trash: Waste reduction provides an effective way to lower your costs throughout all areas of your building. Examples include: using both sides of a sheet of paper, bringing lunch in a reusable container, shipping items in reusable containers, using raw materials efficiently, etc.  


2.  Consider Options for Food Waste: By composting, you are diverting the waste from the landfill or elsewhere in the solid waste stream and ensuring ongoing value when the item is converted into something useful, such as a soil amendment.  


3. Increase Recycling Efforts: By recycling, we conserve natural resources that would otherwise be extracted for new products. This simple action of recycling decreases greenhouse gas emissions (i.e., carbon dioxide and methane) from mining, transportation, processing, and manufacturing. Recycling also helps boost the economy with new green jobs. 


4. Make Tenants More Informed: Educate and engage tenants to promote energy conservation and reward wise recycling behaviors, energy decisions, and water conservation behaviors.   


5. Consider Going LEED: Build, renovate, and operate your facilities according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. This will benefit your bottom line by lowering operating costs and increasing asset value. It will benefit the environment by conserving energy and water, reducing waste sent to landfills, creating healthier, safer occupant environments, and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.  


It Has Begun:
L.A. Plastic Bag Ban
Effective January 1, 2014, Los Angeles has officially banned single-use plastic bags. According to the City Council ordinance, this will help eliminate a significant portion of the BILLIONS of plastic bags consumed in the City of Los Angeles EACH YEAR.


Consumers will now have the option to bring their own bags or purchase paper bags for 10 cents each at check-out. Businesses that violate the new law will be fined specific amounts. For now, the new ban applies to large retailers such as grocery stores which include Ralphs, Wal-Mart and Target and will likely expand to drug stores and convenience stores by mid-2014.


Some interesting facts about the ban:

  • About $2 million a year is spent to clean up plastic bag litter in Los Angeles
  • Authorities estimate more than 228,000 bags are distributed in the city every hour
  • With the new ban, the city plans to hand out 1 million bags in low-income areas
  • Stores will be required to file quarterly reports on the number of paper bags purchased
  • Santa Monica and San Francisco already have plastic bag bans
  • The city council approved the ban in a 9-1 vote in June 2013
  • Seeking to make a stylish statement with your bags? Retailers like www.ecobags.com and www.environsax.com offer customizable re-usable bags
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