Sustainability

Recycling & Composting Information

Blue Recycling Bins

All paper (including envelopes, magazines, wrapping paper, phone books), cardboard, cereal boxes, egg cartons, aluminum cans, aluminum foil, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles (numbered 1 through 7), plastic tubs and lids (numbered 2, 4, or 5), spray cans (must be empty!), tins, steel and aluminum cans. Please note that not all plastic is recyclable; plastic bags still need to go in the trash.

Green Composting Bins

All kitchen preparation and food trimmings, plate scrapings, meat, bones, fish, dairy products, baked goods, coffee grounds, filters, soiled paper products, paper cups, and paper plates, waxed cardboard boxes and milk cartons, floral waste and landscaping trim, food service ware labeled "Compostable" or showing the BPI logo.

Black Trash Bins

Plastic bags, plastic (saran) wrap, juice boxes, ceramic dishes or cups, coat hangers, plastic straws, bubble wrap, potato chip bags, styrofoam packaging, to-go coffee lids, and used aluminum foil. 

Many take-out food containers are recyclable or compostable now; just empty any remaining food in the compost bin or trash first. A good strategy is to have a blue recycling bin, green composting bin and a trash bin side by side in your kitchen.

Electronic Waste

101 California partners with Green Citizen www.greencitizen.com for free suite-to-suite pick-up of larger electronic waste items* (i.e. computers, TV’s, appliances, etc.). Green Citizen visits 101 California every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month for scheduled pick-ups. To schedule a pick-up directly from your suite, email pickup@greencitizen.com or call 415.287.0000 x 102 with a specific list of items to be recycled. If any tenant has a request for an immediate pick-up from their space, they may mark the items for removal and contact the Property Management Office at 415.398.8655.

101 California also offers tenants with smaller electronic waste the convenience of an e-recycling drop box on Lower Level 2 (LL2). Smaller electronic waste, such as CD’s, inkjet cartridges, cell phones/chargers, batteries, plastic bags, and small misc. electronics/cords can be deposited in to the labeled drop box slots. On LL2, it is located near the mailboxes.

We hope these services help eliminate electronics from entering the building waste stream, as it is illegal to send hazardous waste to the landfill. We encourage tenants take advantage of this free service by bringing in portable electronic waste from home.

For more information on Green Citizen, Inc. and their rigorous adherence to sustainable and socially-just electronics recycling, please go to www.greencitizen.com

* Pick-up of all items is free, except for floor copiers and large batteries over 5lbs. For a detailed list of items, go to greencitizen.com/business_pickup_price.php 

Batteries, CD’s, inkjet cartridges, etc.

The e-recycling drop box is on Lower Level 2 (LL2) for smaller electronic waste, specifically CD’s, inkjet cartridges, cell phones/chargers, batteries, plastic bags, and small misc. electronics/cords. On LL2, it is located near the mailboxes. 

Toner and Printer cartridges

Check the original packaging for a return label, or get prepaid mailers from the manufacturer via their website.

Other Hazardous Waste

Most Californians don't know that it's illegal to discard any hazardous waste in the trash or down the drain, including products like fluorescent lights, unused medicines, pesticides, printer and toner cartridges, and batteries. These products contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals that can leach into the soil around the landfill or into groundwater. 

www.sfenvironment.org
They have a complete list of retailers who recycle dry cell batteries, and for locations to drop off auto batteries, fluorescent tubes, paint, and other hazardous materials.

www.stopjunkmail.org
It's good to recycle your junk mail, not getting any is even better

www.teleosis.org/index.php
Dispose of unused pharmaceuticals safely

www.sunsetscavenger.com/recycleqa.htm#1
Frequently asked questions about recycling in San Francisco.

Green Office – A Program for Tenants

If you are interested in participating in this voluntary program, please contact your Hines Property Management Office.
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Energy Efficiency

If every office product purchased in the U.S. this year was ENERGY STAR qualified, Americans would save $200 million in annual energy costs while preventing almost 3 billion pounds of greenhouse gases. Source: ENERGY STAR

What type of office lighting is used in your workspace? Does your office have occupancy lighting sensors? What settings are your computer and printer on? Do you work on ENERGY STAR-qualified electronics? How can you adjust your blinds to work with natural solar conditions?

People & Atmosphere

96 percent of the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in a large office building following construction resulted from the materials used to construct and furnish the building including flooring (hard surface & carpet) and paints. Source: GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Does your office use human friendly paints, adhesives, sealants and carpeting? Does your employer sponsor any sustainability-related community engagement projects on annual basis? Does your employer communicate sustainability-related initiatives to employees on a regular basis?

Travel & Commuting

Drivers spend more than 100 hours a year commuting to work - 25% more time than most workers spend on vacation. Commuting resources help employees reduce costs, personal stress, traffic, accidents and air pollution. Source: TREK

Do you use alternative transportation like bicycles, vanpools or trains? Do you track your own business travel and the related cost and emissions? Do you use virtual meeting technology for conferences?

Reduce Re-use & Recycle

A ton of paper made from 100 percent recycled paper saves the equivalent of 4,100 kilowatt-hours of energy, 7,000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, and 3 cubic yards of landfill (as compared to new paper). The average employee uses approximately 10,000 sheets of paper in the office every 12 months. Source: GREEN SEAL

What kind of office paper do you use for printing? Is it made from recycled materials or responsibly harvested forests? Do you use disposable cups or reusable glasses and mugs? Do you have recycling bins at your desk? Do your restroom facilities use low-flow flush valves and aerators?

Cleaning

One-third of the cleaning products used today are reported to include ingredients that have negative impacts on air quality and health. Source: GREEN SEAL

Are your cleaning products harmful to breath? Do your cleaning materials contain post-consumer content? Are they made with bleaches and dyes? Are they certified by a third-party like Environmental Choice? Click here to learn more about green cleaning.

Remodeling & Construction

Approximately 2.44 million tons of old carpet are landfilled every year, which, if laid flat would more than cover New York City. Source: GREEN SEAL

Are you remodeling your office space? How many partitions are designed into the space? How much natural daylight reaches the building core? Are your workspaces modular and movable? Do your paints and carpets contain low levels of volatile organic compounds?

If you are interested in participating in this voluntary program, please contact your Hines Property Management Office.
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