Great Ways to Recycle Inside the Office

Margaret Pruitt January 15, 2020
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The recycling program in your office may be limited. A lot of businesses believe that they do not have the funding or resources to improve their office recycling program. However, that is not true. Simple steps may be made to rev up your recycling program and help you save your office money.

Below are some of the best ways to recycle inside your office:

  • Separate the Organics

If your office is not collecting food waste already, it’s a low hanging fruit you cannot afford not to pick. Through adding the organics stream to the office recycling program, you may increase the diversion rate of the organization and in other cases, even reach no waste. When compostable materials are processed and collected properly, they can be used for growing crops, produce power, and revive the nutrient deficient land.

  • Collect More

Aside from recycling paper, there are lots of some waste items your office may be diverting from the landfill. These days, recycling goes beyond cans, bottles, and cans. Cellphones, computers, and some e-waste things are just some of the many materials recycling businesses will repurpose and reclaim. Conduct your facility’s waste audit to help gain better understanding of what materials are trashed and if any such items may be recycled instead.

  • Promote Less Litter During Lunch Time

Each new employee gets their own reusable lunch bag. It’s a proactive step that an office may take to encourage the employees to avoid bringing lunch in plastic or paper bags that are used once and tossed. Employees should be encouraged to be mindful of what they bring in the office. Like an elementary classroom, a lunch that has less litter is an initiative of your office that can be adopted by all employees.

  • Consider Using Centralized Recycling Bins

Take away the individual waste or recycling bins of every employee. Centralized recycling stations are recommended for the reason that when the employees sort their own waste they become aware of what they are throwing out instead of just chucking it in their convenient bins. As they learn what can and cannot be composed or recycled from the graphics on central bins, they’re more likely to toss the waste at the right stream that prevents contamination in the stream.

  • Get Rid of the Coffee Cups

You can never ask your co-workers to give up on their morning coffee. However, think of the waste you can eliminate once you get rid of the coffee cups. It would be best to use reusable water bottles and coffee mugs. This change can reduce the plastic bottles and coffee cups drastically.

  • Go Paperless

It might not be realistic for any office to go paperless completely, but there are some steps your business may take to lessen how much paper is wasted or used. Encourage the employees to proof an edit all their documents on their computers and print on the recycled papers. Unless it is a formal document, always print both sides of your paper before you recycle it. Every internal communication, company announcement, and memo should and may be sent through emails or posted on online message boards.

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