easy for Chatham businesses to recycle!
the trash and waste that you currently take to the Transfer Station
can actually be recycled at the same location! Chatham's Recycling Center is an area
WITHIN the Transfer Station.
cardboard to paper, magazines to newspapers, aluminum to plastic,
we ask businesses do the right thing and recycle these items.
It's not only
good for your community, it's good for your business!
click here for directions to Chatham's Recycling Center as well
as hours, email contact and phone number
Yes, for many of us, recycling takes more time than throwing
everything into one container, but we also realize that - Recycling
is the Right Thing To Do. With concerns over the economy,
recycling can help others save money by reusing unwanted material.
Furthermore, the Cape, as well as the rest of the world needs
to improve ways of dealing with trash, if we want to live in
a clean and naturally beautiful place. We've heard all
of the compelling reasons on why we should do it, but how do
we make it work? By sharing examples and working together
as a business community, we can develop some innovative ways
of recycling our trash.
Here are some basic steps that you can adopt to get started:
1) Start simple. Redeem cans & bottles,
then consider recycling newspaper and other material.
If you can't return cans and bottles, there are places at the
Chatham Transfer Station where you can leave your redeamable
cans and bottles and others will benefit from the redemption
2) Get to know your recycling center.
There are people there who work for you and with you to show
you where to recycle different material.
3) Explore this site for information on recycling
or contact the Chatham Transfer Station (508-945-5156) with questions.
Consider recycling your office paper, cardboard material, and
anything else your business uses in abundance. There are
specific places in the Transfer Station for all types of paper
5) Think about who would benefit from and want
to use your excess material. Post a comment on the blog
on this site to see if anyone can use the material - or if you're
looking for material to re-use.
6) Get a volunteer or appoint someone on your
staff to coordinate recycling.
7) Take a fun approach to recycling by using
cartoons, jokes and color to remind your staff and encourage
As a service to the community, The Cape Cod Chronicle generously
offers free classifieds if you are giving away items at no charge.
This is a great way to find a good home for items that you no
longer need and think others can use - one more way to keep those
items out of the dump!
Examples from a local business:
At Maps of Antiquity, the owners buy framing material packaged
in cardboard and frequently receive shipments in boxes.
They recycle small and midsize cartons by donating them to another
local antiques shop that uses them to ship their EBay sales items.
That antiques shop can use styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap.
Framing maps results in tons of scrap mat board and foam core.
The mat board is made of fabric and cannot be recycled at the
transfer station. The foam board is mainly styrofoam and
also goes into the general trash building. Large cardboard
boxes are flattened and recycled at the transfer station.
Now, the maps shop has found alternatives to reusing their supplies:
- The staff gives some of the matboard and
foamcore to a local artist, who cuts the mat board to her size
and uses it for small watercolors. She also ships her art using
the foam board and triple ply cardboard.
- Recently, the owners approached two local
child care centers who can use scrap mat board for art projects.
No sharp edged pieces so children don't get cut. The staff
has also recently approached a local school to share other mat
board and foam core in school art classes.
- Light plastic bags get reused to cover maps
and framed pieces, and excess bags are taken to the Stop and
Shop where it is collected in bins near the bottle redemption
-The owners have not yet found a place to
take the scrap glass and at this time pay to have it taken at
the recycling center in the building material area.
At Chatham Guestrooms, guests are encouraged to recycle by providing
suggestions and extra waste baskets. Newspapers and magazines
are shared. Most food (except meat, fish & dairy) is
composted in our backyard. Plastic bottles and cans are
removed from the trash whenever possible.
Make recycling a priority and make it fun. You will be
helping to make our world an even better place.