Recycling procedures in the workplace

Whilst recycling may not be the only solution to the world’s waste problems due to the fact it’s so expensive, it still goes a long way to dealing with effects that us humans are having on the environment.

When materials are recycled the mantra of “reduce, reuse, recycle” is in full effect. Recycling materials, that would have been otherwise discarded, means that this waste isn’t just sitting in a landfill or producing harmful chemicals as it’s incinerated, it also makes sure that new materials aren’t used unnecessarily to recreate what we already have.

Recycling is an important initiative that should be done both at home and at work, so here are our tips on how you can make the most of your recycling procedures in your organisation.

Professional help

A useful starting point for recycling in the workplace is to hire in professionals to equip your office with all of the necessary information and equipment that your team needs. One method is to get your office a ‘waste audit’, which involves a team of professionals analysing your workplace for a period of time and identifying any possible areas that you could be improving in your waste management.

This may cost you some money but by focusing in on and fixing examples of misused materials in your workplace then in the long run it is likely to end up saving you money. At its core, recycling is all about efficiency.

Do it yourself

An important step in recycling is making sure that everyone knows what is expected of them, recycling has to involve everyone to reap the maximum rewards.

Plan events or seminars around green initiatives in the workplace and make sure everyone is equipped with the correct knowledge to make a difference. Your employees and colleagues should know which waste goes in which bin, the effects that it can have when not done correctly, and the easiest way to sort their waste. This leads us neatly onto our next point.

Plenty of bins!

As we said, recycling is an organisation-wide initiative so that means everyone needs to be fully equipped. If you or another member of staff is responsible for the recycling initiative then you need to make sure your colleagues are physically equipped as well as mentally equipped to deal with these new procedures. It’s all well and good educating people and telling them to recycle but if there is only one recycling bin tucked away in a small corner of the office then how are they expected to commit to this new way of doing things.

These are just a few basic starting points to help you get your workplace involved with recycling but there are plenty of other ways to encourage recycling at work, such as monetary incentives for those who remember to recycle the cans or making sure that something could be used again before throwing it away.

Get creative with your recycling and see how much of a difference you can make.


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