While playing an important role towards the achievement of the LEED Platinum Certification, Watt Plaza has a superior waste management service that coincides with the unique configuration of building facilities coupled with the needs of our occupants. The trash service is transitioning from what was a “comingled” system to separation of recyclables directly from the respective offices. Placing all of your recyclables in a small desk side container or large kitchen container helps to increase our very successful diversion rate; the average diversion rate at Watt Plaza is 71% and continues to increase; in other words, 71% of the our trash is diverted from landfill and processed into recyclable materials. Building Management provides recycling containers at no cost to you and while participation is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged.
Authorized Suite Contact(s):
Please submit your order forms via the Angus Work Order System to ensure the correct number of recycling containers are ordered for your suite. Select the “Inquiry” request type and list the amount of small and large recycling containers for your suite in the details section.
How the program works:
Please put all of your recyclables in your small desk side container. This includes all paper products, aluminum, glass, plastics etc. Please note however, that anything that contains food product on it is considered trash! If you want to recycle a plastic salad container, or a yogurt cup etc. please take that item to your break room/ kitchen and rinse it out first. Otherwise, please throw it in the trash. Please click on the Recycling Program Flyer for more information on what can be recycled.
In addition to your desk side recycling container, your suite will also have larger recycling containers to place in copy rooms, break rooms, kitchen areas etc. These will also have blue liners in which paper products, aluminum, glass and plastics can be recycled.
Can paper from our own personal shredder be recycled?
Yes. If your janitor already empties your shredding machine for you, then you don’t need to do anything. If not, tie up the bag of shredded paper and put it in one of the large central recycling containers for collection.
How is cardboard recycled at Watt Plaza?
Please flatten all cardboard boxes and place them next to one of the recycling containers and label them “Recycle”.
What if my office already has recycling containers?
You are welcome to continue using your current recycling containers. The janitor will place blue liners in your containers. You do not need to replace them with the cardboard recycling containers that are being offered.
Battery Drop Off
A collection box is located at the 1875 Lobby entrance near the Security Desk. This collection box ensures that old batteries will be properly disposed of at a local hazardous waste collection facility. All batteries including, but not limited to, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt and batteries for cell phones, cordless phones, digital cameras, game players, hearing aids, lithium photo, PDA’s, watches, electronics and power tools will be accepted. CAR BATTERIES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Grounds For Your Garden
Starbucks, our tenant located on the Lobby Level at Watt Plaza, implemented a program known as “Grounds For Your Garden” at the beginning of 2010. “Coffee grounds act as a green material with a carbon-nitrogen (C-N) ration of 20-1. Combined with browns such as leaves and straw, coffee grounds generate heat and will accelerate the compost process.” Also, “coffee grounds can be applied directly as a top dressing to acid-loving plants like blueberries, hydrangeas and azaleas.” – Starbucks.com. Starbucks at Watt Plaza has set-up a station by their condiment bar for the distribution of these used coffee grounds. Anyone who is interested can pick up a 5 lb. bag of coffee grounds. Please contact Sean Tu (the manager at Starbucks) at 310-553-8226 and visit the website below to obtain more information regarding composting with coffee grounds.
Paint and Other Materials
Paint is considered a hazardous material in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 and modified revisions to the law therein. Paint, thinner or similar substances cannot be included with your regular trash disposal here at Watt Plaza. Consequently, Watt Management gives you the option of contacting “College Hunks Hauling Junk” or a company of your choice (subject to Building Management approval). “College Hunks Hauling Junk” may be contacted via phone at 800-junk-usa or 800-586-5872 by visiting their website at http://www.1800junkusa.com. Building Management can arrange for a pick-up to your suite, but please note that a 15% Overhead Fee will apply to the total charges. Their clean-cut collegiate teams ensure that your items are recycled, reused or donated to the property facility.
Recycling Centers for paint, paint thinners, etc. (near the Century City area):
- UCLA S.A.F.E. Center
550 Charles E. Young Dr. W,
Los Angeles, CA 90095
- Santa Monica Household Hazardous Waste Center
2500 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Furniture, Wood & Metal
Furniture, wood or metal cannot be placed in the trash compactor. If you need to dispose of these types of items, please contact a third party vendor to remove these items from your suite. "Got Junk” is an approved building vendor and can be used to remove furniture, appliances, office debris, etc. Got Junk can be contacted via telephone at 800-got-junk or 818-760-3000 or by visiting their website at http://www.1800gotjunk.com.
Quarterly E-Waste Pick-Up
Building Management schedules quarterly e-waste collection with California Recycles, Inc. on the following dates throughout the remainder of the year:
Wednesday(s), March 4th, June 3rd, September 9th, December 2nd
A few weeks prior to the E-Waste pick-up, a memo will be circulated via email to all tenant contacts regarding the collection process, instructions on completion of any necessary forms, submittal dates, etc.
California Recycles, Inc. is registered, insured and in compliance with state and federal regulations. The company’s EPA ID is registered with the State of California Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC), and they are an approved collector with California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB). All materials collected will be recycled under the most environmentally conscious processes and in strict accordance with the latest regulations from EPA, CIWMB and DTSC.
Listed below are Electronic Items accepted FREE of charge from all tenants of Watt Plaza at the E-Waste pick-ups:
Cables & Cords
Building Management strongly encourages your participation in the various recycling programs listed above and continues to expand the effort towards a cleaner planet. The only way Watt Plaza can make a significant change towards being as environmentally conscious as possible is through the cooperation of you, our tenants.
Your continued cooperation in preventing items such as copy machines, fax machines, computer monitors, etc. from being left in the freight elevator foyers is appreciated. Improperly disposing of these items in this manner presents various problems: creates a safety hazard, impedes vendor deliveries, incurs non-scheduled recycling/disposal fees, creates inefficient labor allocation and increases labor costs. E-waste items should remain in your suite until the next quarterly e-waste collection period or of course, if you decide to take the equipment to an e-waste collection site yourself. Should this be a problem for you, building management can place your piece of equipment on a tenant call-in equipment list which will provide building management with the information to determine if more frequent e-waste collection days are necessary.
Please contact the Building Management Office with any concerns or questions. Watt Management is always open to hearing new and innovative recycling or conservation ideas.