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Five ways companies can turn trash into cash

February 15, 2016

Five ways companies can turn trash into cash

JLL Real Views
Monday 15 February 2016

Recycling bins have long been a familiar sight in many offices, encouraging employees to do their bit with used paper and lunch packaging.

Now, some companies are making recycling work for them, turning their ‘trash into cash’ while achieving zero waste buildings.

For example, in Kawasaki, Japan, part of the Keihin Industrial Area, multiple corporations engaged in heavy industry like JFE Group and Nippon Oil Corporation and high technology such as Fujitsu, NEC Corporation, Toshiba, Dell Japan and Sigma Corporation, now divert 586,000 tons of waste from landfills annually – more than the total of municipal waste generated.

Likewise, US-based companies like Dell and Kraft are able to recycle or reuse 95 per cent of the materials used in their global manufacturing operations.

And yet, there’s a common perception that setting up zero-waste programs and infrastructure is expensive. This is not the case, says Ana Wyssmann, JLL’s Solid Waste Program Manager, who participated in a recent Greenbuild International Conference panel discussion on the subject.

Read more at Eco-Business.

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