Engaging Tenants in Recycling

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services

It seems like every couple of months another Jones Lang LaSalle property is recognized for market-leading sustainability efforts. Recently, Leigh-Ann McMahon Moody, the General Manager at The Clark Building in Bethesda, Maryland, received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Recycling for an Individual.

Montgomery County recognizes individuals and building management teams who develop strong recycling programs, including engaging tenants in the process through education and assistance. In 2009, the entire property team at The Clark Building won Outstanding Achievement in Recycling for a Business, so Leigh-Ann—a BOMA-designated Real Property Administrator and a LEED Green Associate—is now a two-time winner. She has been working with the County to increase recycling as a way to divert waste from the landfills.

Elements of the program include:

  • Twice-yearly lobby events, including a Montgomery County Recycling executive, to answer tenants’ questions about business and residential recycling and to provide tenants with recycled-material tote bags with the building logo.
  • Desk-side bins provided by the County reminding tenants to actively participate in recycling. 
  • Electronics recycling events for the tenants to dispose of discarded cell phones, tape recorders and other devices. One event diverted 5,077 lbs. of electronic waste from landfills.
  • A “community shred” event allowing tenants’ employees to safely dispose of old household bills, credit card receipts and other confidential or sensitive documents. 2,395 lbs. (1.2 tons) of personal paper was recycled at this event.

Leigh-Ann reports that the reduction in the waste stream at the building has not only earned recognition and enhanced the buildings appeal with tenants, but also helped her team save a little money on hauling costs. While small, that cost savings opportunity is passed through to tenants as well.

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