Most companies are increasing their efforts to go green, aiming to reduce their carbon footprint as well as saving money for their business. Here’s how to get started:
One of the easiest and most cost-efficient ways to achieve sustainability within a business is recycling.
Recycling is an excellent way of reducing our carbon emissions, saving energy and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
If done correctly, a comprehensive recycling system can help an organisation send zero waste to landfill.
Here are our top 5 tips on how to boost recycling for your business.
1. Paper Consumption
A great opportunity to reduce waste is to reduce paper consumption. Paper usually has the highest volume of waste in the office, therefore it is important you try and find tasks that could go paperless or reuse materials.
2. Investing in Good Bins and Labelling
Most offices use a lot of recyclable materials therefore, it is ideal to have designated places to recycle. Providing separate waste bins for each recycling option and including a highly visible label which provides practical guidelines for employees, will help encourage and promote recycling within your business.
You can also provide colour-coded bins to accommodate each recycling facility.
3. Encouraging employees
To achieve a successful recycling initiative, employees need to be motivated to participate. It is vital to reach out and engage with staff members to ensure they are aware of the right way to recycle, what option is available, while also making it simple for them to contribute.
You may need an ongoing training program that lets staff know what they can and can’t recycle. Keeping a consistent level of communication is ideal.
It is important that staff members know the basic information such as where to put their waste. You can email staff members or place an item on the notice board as to where the availability of recycling points are and their locations.
Make sure the recycle bins are easily identifiable, with a clear logo or signage indicating for recyclable materials only.
Ensure that all staff members are aware of the recycling program if you have initiated one as well as your company’s recycling goals. Inform them of any accomplishments and try adding rewards or incentives as a bonus!
5. Awareness Day
You can run a recycling awareness day to help boost the adoption rates of the recycling program. Providing engaging infographics that inspire staff’s beliefs, a greater understanding of the recycling program and adaptable habits around recycling.
The awareness day can also be used to educate staff members on the impact of recycling on the environment and the costs associated with waste production if they participated.