Cleaning and Janitorial Supplies
Business: Breaker Point Condominiums (Cannon Beach)
Number of Employees: 3
- Reorganized garbage pick-up areas. A single large garbage
dumpster was used to replace a large number of small dumpsters
spread throughout the complex. While this made garbage removal
slightly less convenient for residents, it saved an impressive
amount of money. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $7,600/year.
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 175 pounds of metal/year (less metal in
dumpsters overall, amortized over the expected life of the
- Began mailing newsletters and bills are in a single
envelope, rather than separately, reducing the use of envelopes
- Put lights in recreation areas (tennis courts, pool, sauna,
Jacuzzi, and common room) on a timer so that lights
automatically turn off after hours. The timers can only be
changed by staff.
- Installed photocells and timers on exterior lights, so that
lights are only on in the evening and early morning.
- Installed "toilet dummies" (foam inserts) in the tanks of 5
toilets to reduce the volume of each flush by ½-gallon.
$50/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 13,700 gallons/year.
Business: Cannon Beach Elementary School (Cannon Beach)
Number of Employees: 10
- When garbage cans are emptied, the custodian only replaces
the plastic liners if they are soiled or starting to smell.
Garbage can liners that have held nothing but paper and other
dry wastes are not changed every day. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
$90/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 25 pounds of liners/year.
- The foot pedal on a large bathroom sink was stuck in the
"on" position. Fixing it cut water and sewer bills. FINANCIAL
SAVINGS: as much as $1,348/year in water and sewer bills.
- Low-flow aerators were installed on restroom and classroom
water faucets, saving water and the energy to heat it.
$154/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 39,600 gallons/year.
- Floats on tank toilets were adjusted to use less water per
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $142/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS:
- Coils on refrigerator and milk coolers are vacuumed every 3
months to improve energy efficiency.
Business: Circle Coastal Cleaners (Cannon Beach)
Number of Employees: 2
Circle Coastal Cleaners is a housecleaning service. The owners
have replaced a variety of commercial cleaning products with
less-toxic substitutes. These products also have the advantage of
being less expensive and sometimes more efficiently packaged, as
well. Examples include using vinegar instead of commercial window
cleaner, and using vinegar and baking soda as a substitute for
bleach (in certain applications.) FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
Business: Coffee Resort (Milwaukie)
Number of Employees: 4
- Repaired a major leak in the toilet. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 332,000 gallons/year.
- Purchases dish soap in bulk (larger containers), thus
reducing packaging waste. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $20/year.
- Washes dishes in dish pans rather than the sink. This saves
water, the energy to heat it, and detergent. FINANCIAL
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 950 kWh and 6,700 gallons of
- Reduced the number of outside lights. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 2,360 kWh/year.
- Offers reusable mugs for in-store coffee consumption, as an
alternative to disposables. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $175/year.
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 178 pounds of disposable cups/year.
Business: Consumer Credit Counseling of Central Oregon (Bend)
Number of Employees: <15
- Switched to multi-fold paper towels in a dispenser from
kitchen-style roll paper towels (not in a dispenser). The
multi-fold towels are smaller and easier to use; staff believe
they result in less towel waste. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
$43/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 60 pounds of paper
- Using the automatic "duplex" feature on the copy machine to
make double-sided copies has reduced paper use at least 10%.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $140/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 200
pounds of paper/year (4 cases).
Business: Hershey Studios (Cannon Beach)
Number of Employees: 7
Hershey Studios creates fine art cards and sells them in its own
store and through other stationery and gift stores.
- Several times a year, a text sheet is sent to retail
customers, showing the cards currently available. It was
redesigned to be folded, taped and mailed without an envelope.
$488/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 150 pounds /year.
- To clean up spills of ink and paint, the studio obtained
discarded rags from a local hotel, eliminating the use of
disposable paper towels. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $69/year.
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 40 pounds of paper towels/year.
Business: Me and Company (Winston)
Number of Employees: 2
Me and Company is a stained glass studio, including retail sales
of stained glass supplies and space for classes and workshops.
- All scrap glass generated in the studio is saved for use in
smaller projects or donated to the art teacher at Douglas High
School for student projects.
- Broken window glass is accepted from the public for use in
teaching students how to cut glass.
- Recovering lead from leaded stained glass projects and waste
solder is a skill taught to classes.
- Polystyrene packing peanuts, office paper, and paper towels
used to clean glass pieces are reused.
- Work tables are made from scrap lumber or old kitchen
- Scrap glass bins are old kitchen cabinet drawers.
- Cardboard, yard waste, and beverage containers are also
Business: Murray Hill Thriftway (Beaverton)
Number of Employees: unknown
- Cleaning supplies are purchased from a company that takes
back empty cleaning fluid bottles and refills them.
- Unsold produce is set aside for Centro Cultural, a center
for migrant farm workers. The program benefits the needy and
saves the store about $6,000/year in disposal bills while also
providing a tax deduction.
- Call Metro, 503-234-3000.
Business: RBD Enterprises (Bend)
Number of Employees: <10
RBD Enterprises repairs and sells used electron microscopes and
other imaging equipment used by research laboratories.
- RBD uses polystyrene packing "peanuts" to protect some of
the sensitive equipment during shipping. Through participation
in a local resource efficiency program, the company learned that
another local business, Periwinkle (a retailer) had polystyrene
"peanuts" from its suppliers that it was tossing out. Periwinkle
now saves its waste packaging for RBD, who no longer has to
purchase new "peanuts." FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $600/year (to
RBD Enterprises). RESOURCE SAVINGS: 600 pounds/year.
- Switched from folded paper towels to cloth towels in
employee restrooms. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $38/year.
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 50 pounds of paper towels/year.
Business: Sagewood School (Bend)
Number of Employees: 8
- Informed parents of how to pack a "waste wise" lunch for
kids; switched from paper towels to cloth towels for staff; and
started a mixed paper recycling bin. The school was able to
reduce the size of their garbage can from 60 gallons to 33
- Reformatted reimbursement forms to use half as much paper.
- Began double-siding the school newsletter.
- Turned down hot water temperature from 130o to
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $23/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 460
Business: Sandtrap Inn (Cannon Beach)
Number of Employees: 4
- Staff used to automatically mail confirmation notices to
guests when they booked a reservation. Now, guests are asked if
they want a confirmation notice. Approximately half of the
guests ask not to be mailed a notice. FINANCIAL SAVINGS:
$426/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 14 pounds of paper/year.
- Redesigned promotional brochure to be a "self-mailer"
(without an envelope). FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $15/year.
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 5 pounds of paper/year.
- Reduced the number of exterior ornamental lights by 1/3.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $66/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 1,300
- Eliminated an extra, unnecessary rinse cycle in washing
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $20/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS:
- In a few condos, refrigerators and hot water are turned off
during the slowest month of the year and these condos are not
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $23/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 420
- Installed low flow showerheads to reduce energy and water
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $119/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS:
1,400 kWh/year and 10,200 gallons of water/year.
- Eliminated "sanitized for your protection" paper toilet
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $23/year.
Business: Tualatin High School (Tualatin)
Number of Employees: ~100
- Encourage teachers and students to copy, print, and write on
both sides of the page.
- Eliminated print overruns of the school newspaper.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $1,260/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 260
- Use a posting policy to discourage excess posters; install
more bulletin boards, reduce number of posters. This reduces
high custodial costs repainting damaged walls.
- Classroom garbage can liners are no longer changed every
night unless obviously soiled. Lunchroom garbage can liners are
only pulled between lunches if more than half full.
- Replaced paper food trays for a la carte items with wax
tissue pickups. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $458/year. RESOURCE
SAVINGS: 320 pounds/year.
- A mulching mower is used everywhere except the football
field and baseball diamond. This saves mowing time, hauling
expenses, and garbage bags. It also returns nitrogen and other
nutrients to the soil, reducing lawn fertilizer needs.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: more than $10,000/year. RESOURCE
SAVINGS: 37,800 pounds/year.
- Purchase cleaning solutions in concentrate. A dispenser unit
is used to mix the concentrates with water at the correct ratio.
FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $300/year. RESOURCE SAVINGS: 350
- Purchase remanufactured laser printer cartridges rather than
new cartridges. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $1,200/year.
RESOURCE SAVINGS: 72 pounds/year.
- Built in 1991, the school features glazed and double-paned
windows, electronic ballasts, advanced fluorescent lights, and
computer controlled heating and cooling. As a result of these
design features, Tualatin High School uses 36% less energy per
square foot of building space than the district’s other high
school. FINANCIAL SAVINGS: approximately $35,000/year.
- Case study exists, call Metro, 503-234-3000.