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5 Tips For Getting Employees To Recycle At Work


Going green has gained popularity over the years. With consumers adding sustainability to the list of reasons why they choose to support a business, more and more companies are feeling the pressure to implement office recycling systems. However, despite the good intentions behind it, many of these programs are limited. Employees aren’t encouraged to recycle and office waste continues to pile up.

Most companies think that they don’t have the budget or resources to increase their recycling efforts. However, there are simple steps that you can take to reduce your waste and increase office recycling.

Change the way you dispose of waste

Putting a waste basket at every desk makes it easy for employees to throw their waste in the closest bin. Instead of giving each employee a waste basket, place waste baskets near a recycling bin so your employees have to stop and think about the materials they are trying to dispose of.

Your recycling bins should be in a central location so it’s easy for your employees to recycle. If your employees have to go out of their way to sort their waste, they’re not going to do it. Install bins in any area that recyclable waste is generated— in the break room, by the copy machine, and near their desks. The bins should be clearly marked so your employees know which bins are for what products.

Be transparent about your recycling efforts

Send out an e-mail to let your employees know that your business is committed to reducing its impact on the environment. Let them know what can be recycled and where the bins are. You should also post signs near rubbish and recycling bins to remind your employees what items can be recycled.

Sending reports on the amount of waste produced and materials recycled provides your employees with tangible results of their efforts and inspire them. Keep them updated on your sustainability goals and the progress your company is making.

Recycle more than the basics

If your company is only making the effort to recycle paper, bottles, and cans, you’re missing out on so many opportunities to improve your business’ impact on the environment. E-waste is just as important when it comes to saving the environment. Things like computers, cell phones, batteries, and light bulbs can be recycled.

Implementing an electronics recycling program is easy and you may be able to generate income from e-waste rebates. Make sure that your e-waste bins are clearly marked so your employees know where to put their unwanted electronics.

Make it fun

Turn recycling into a competition between departments or areas. You can host a weekly or monthly competition to turn recycling into a game.

You can also challenge your workplace to recycle more and reduce their waste. The one-bag challenge is a great way to make recycling a little more fun. Set a goal to only produce one bag of office waste every week. Your employees will be inspired to get creative about reducing their waste and increase their recycling efforts.

The prizes for winning don’t have to be extravagant. Small incentives can help keep your employees motivated.

Host a lunch and learn

Lunch and learns are a great way for employees to gain new knowledge. Consider hosting a lunch and learn to teach your employees different ways that they can reduce their impact on the environment. You can provide them with information on the different types of materials that can be recycled, as well as other ways they can help them environment outside of the workplace.

Going green doesn’t have to be difficult. Small changes can have huge effects on your businesss environmental impacts.


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