Businesses that are fast, efficient and organized thrive in the modern world. Unfortunately, meeting the demands of consumers can lead to the creation of substantial amounts of waste. The overuse of energy and resources impacts not only the environment, but company profits as well. When businesses work to reduce waste, everyone benefits.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, up to 90% of workplace waste is paper. This means that businesses have a great opportunity to give back to their communities by simply recycling just this one resource. Fortunately, more and more businesses are recognizing the importance and value of recycling, leading to the implementation of policies designed to reduce waste.
Before implementing a recycling program, it’s important to consider all the ways to reduce waste. Doing both simultaneously helps develop a more efficient business. There are several simple techniques that can help in this endeavor.
Print only what you need. Make use of email and programs like Google Drive to share information among co-workers without the need for excessive memos and handouts. When you do print;use both sides of the paper.
Make use of ceramic or metal coffee mugs and reusable containers for snacks and coffee breaks. If it’s feasible, consider a compost bin or other way to reuse things like food scraps. Use this to fertilize the grounds.
Reuse items when possible. Use shipping boxes to store items and reuse scrap paper for taking messages or leaving notes.
Always turn off lights, computers and other equipment when it isn’t in use. “Sleep mode” still consumes a large amount of electricity over time.
Eliminate waste by using items like paper clips instead of staples. Use crumpled paper instead of bubble wrap for sending out packages. This eliminates the need to purchase unnecessary office supplies. Consider all other areas where you can find permanent or reusable solutions.
Companies that go green serve as great examples in the community and their efforts are often mirrored by other organizations. Many customers are more inclined to support businesses that demonstrate environmental awareness and conscientious practices.
A recycling program is also a great way to boost morale in the workplace, bringing people together for a common cause. It feels good to know you are doing something that benefits everyone around you. Cooperation, teamwork and even some friendly competition can be fostered with a good recycling program.
Implementing a workplace recycling program doesn’t have to be complicated. There are several simple things any business can implement and in our next post, we’ll discuss how to start a successful campaign in your business.