Benefits Of Recycling In The Workplace

Recycling can reduce waste...In your bottom line.

In the past, we've reported on several ways to help conserve energy. Buying equipment with the Energy Star logo, shutting off equipment when not in use, and turning off lights and turning down thermostats in unused areas, are all important and easy steps you can take to lower expenses.

Benefits of RecyclingBut, there are also broader programs you should consider.

Recycling can reduce waste...In your bottom line.

Did you know that there may be a market for your recyclables? It depends on your type of business and the kind of scrap you produce. But, even if you can't make money off your garbage, it makes good sense to recycle. To create an effective program try following these easy steps:

  1. Develop a plan. This can include setting up a recycling team that can conduct an audit of your facility and evaluate the kind and amount of waste you produce. Be sure to set goals and try offering rewards to encourage participation.
  2. Take time to educate employees about the benefits, need, and convenience of the program. You may want to develop some educational materials and posters.
  3. Consult with your waste hauler. Through recycling, you can actually negotiate lower waste
    management costs. Your hauler may also help you identify possible markets for your recyclables.
  4. Implement your program. Start by placing recycling containers in key locations - near copiers, printers or other equipment. Develop a collection schedule, and kick off your program with an event to build excitement.
  5. Monitor your progress. Your recycling team can evaluate progress and make adjustments.
Don't forget - you can recycle a lot of different material and items. Check in your local community on recycling programs for hazardous materials, old computers and batteries - including old cell phone batteries. And, be sure to recycle toner cartridges. Leading cartridge manufacturers are making it easy to recycle.

Reducing is better than recycling.

While recycling is an essential part of conservation, it is always better to reduce the amount of waste that you produce. There are all kinds of ways to achieve this goal:

  • Use e-mail instead of printed correspondence
  • Edit all documents on your computer before printing
  • Copy documents on both sides of the paper - this can cut paper costs by up to 50% and reduce mailing costs
  • Use recycled paper and reuse office paper that has printing one side for phone messages, scratch pads or printing drafts of documents
  • Consider reusable glassware, dinnerware, and silverware in your kitchen or cafeteria