You can make a positive change in the world by caring for your environment. Recycling is an excellent way to make a daily change, especially in the office. It’s no secret that a business produces a large amount of waste. However, this isn’t necessarily bad as most of the waste can be recycled and reused. Why not have eco-friendly methods and policies in place to help manage the recycling of waste? Having these policies in place will make for better productivity, a healthier environment and they could even help to bring in more customers.
How can recycling benefit the environment?
We hear about recycling all the time, but do you know exactly why it is so important? The objective of recycling is two-fold. Firstly, recycling extends the lifespan of materials by converting waste into usable materials. Secondly, recycling aims to reduce the negative effect on the environment caused by waste and manufacturing processes.
- Recycling reduces the use of and demand for toxic landfill sites.
- Natural resources are conserved.
- Recycling reduces land, water and air pollution.
By recycling your waste, you are reducing the impact on the environment by not only stopping that waste from entering the environment, but also by reducing the need to have more of that item manufactured in a factory that also harms the environment.
Recycling also has social and economic benefits. Landfills take up a lot of space, which can instead be used for housing or businesses. Recycling processes and waste removal creates informal and formal jobs for locals. Recycling and recyclable materials are less costly, saving you money.
6 tips for recycling at the office
- Manage your paper usage
The majority of waste produced by an office is paper. By regulating how paper is consumed at your office, you are already making a large step forward. Many companies are opting to go paperless, meaning that they prioritise using digital paperwork as much as possible and only keep hard copies of the essentials. Bonus: this also makes filing and storage a lot easier!
- Reuse before throwing out
With the paper that isn’t used (think about all those uncollected print jobs at the printer), why not reuse them? Use the backs of printed paper for doodle pads or ad hoc notebooks, or as temporary signage over an out-of-order area, for example.As well as paper, there are countless other office items that can be reused or repurposed.
- Set up recycling bins and labels
Every office should have designated bins or areas for recycling. An important component of recycling is to separate recyclables from non-recyclables, and then separating the recyclables into their divisions such as paper, electronics, glass, etc. You can chose to avoid this and save space in your office if you use a recycling company who offers the service for you.Having clearly marked recycling bins in your office promotes the act of recycling and encourages your employees to participate. Make sure that the bins are highly visible and aptly labelled. Include a list of all the recyclable materials for each bin to help employees, and choose good quality, attractive bins that look good in your office space.
You can also reduce the use of personal waste bins at every desk or workstation in order to better implement responsible recycling. It may take a little while for your employees to get used to trekking across the office to reach the bins but it will make a difference.
- Upgrade your recycling system
Once your office has implemented the basics of recycling, it will be time to upgrade to a professional recycling system. Contact your local recycling companies and find a solution that suits your needs and budget. The recycling company will manage and collect your recyclable waste and ensure that it is recycled correctly.
- Support green suppliers
Source your office supplies from manufacturers and suppliers that use environmentally ethical production methods. Everything from stationery and accessories to office furniture can be produced from recycled materials, or manufactured in responsible, eco-friendly processes and factories.
- Education and awareness
Ensure that your whole office is on board with recycling. Offer environmental awareness classes and workshops that provide education and awareness about recycling and other eco-friendly initiatives, and make sure all your employees are aware of the environmental policies and practices you implement in the office.
Approximately 90% of your office is recyclable!
Not only does reusing the office waste benefit the environment, but it also makes you feel better as you are doing something good for the world that you live in. Considering all the benefits of keeping the environment healthy, why not become eco-friendly today?