For many people, their interaction with their recycled goods ends when they drop them off in the recycle container. However, the journey of the recycled good does not end there. Each type of material goes through a specific progress that makes them reusable in a variety of products – often bringing them right back into your own hands. Continue reading
Many people feel empowered to recycle items in their home. However, they often feel powerless to do the same in their workplace – especially if the business does not have an established recycling program. However, there are many things that you can do to help encourage, or even create a recycling program in your workplace, and thus help your office or business help protect many of our natural resources.
Tip #1: Gather Your Facts
Not all workplaces are created equal. Different types of companies will have different types of recyclables. While the basic recyclables in a workplace are paper, aluminum, and plastic, make sure you have a clear idea of your company’s biggest waste streams so that you know what type of recycling program you need to set up in order to have the biggest impact.
Tip #2: Get Support
Your recycling program will have a much larger impact if you have the support of those you work with. Now that you have your facts, you will first want to talk to management to make sure that they approve of any ideas, changes, or programs that you want to start. Make an official presentation with numbers and data to back up your reasons for wanting to start a program. The better you “sell” your idea to management, the more likely they will be to support your program through establishing company-wide policies. Once you get their approval, talk to your co-workers about the importance of a recycling program.
Tip #3: Easy Access
The best way to encourage frequent recycling is to make it extremely easy for people to participate. Set up bins and containers that are clearly marked in easily accessible areas. The easier you can make it for your co-workers to make recycling a habit that they don’t have to think about, the more likely they will be to participate.
Tip #4: Removal
It’s one thing to fill up a recycling container. It’s another thing to make sure that it makes it to a recycling center. Talk to your building management, your current waste hauler, as well as local recycling companies to learn the best options for pickup and removal. If your building or your waste hauler already offers recycling removal, get on their schedule of pickups. If not, a local recycling company will usually be able to take care of your items, but you will want to check first.
Tip #5: Check-in
A recycling program is something that you need to keep tabs on. Check in occasionally on how the program is functioning, look for improvements, and send occasional reminders (though work newsletters or memos) to your colleagues to make sure that they don’t fall back into their old trash habits. By keeping a small, yet important, spotlight on the program, you will make sure that it continues to be both highly used and effective.