We often think about recycling at home, but what about in the office??Many products, including paper and cardboard are thrown away without much thought in the workplace, when in fact studies have proven that about 80% of everything we put in the bin could be recycled.
Benefits of Recycling for Your Business
Implementing an efficient, environmentally-friendly recycling system on your business premises has multiple benefits. Dumping waste into landfill is very expensive, especially in those states with a landfill levy and recycling will help you save money. Also you?re doing your bit to help the environment, so you can proudly say that your business is a green company, which is an important factor that can influence decisions for many potential customers and clients.This can only be achieved if your employees get on board.
To make your workspace more environmentally friendly, we?ve come up with some top tips for implementing a recycling programme in your office.
Prioritise items for recycling
Focus on a certain product for recycling to begin with, to help encourage the people you work with to get involved. Maybe start with paper or ink toner cartridges. Could these be recycled instead of thrown into the bin? Set up a station to recycle these products and use a bright coloured sign to entice colleagues to do the right thing.
Share ideas in the office
Ask your boss if you can have a quick brainstorming session with your colleagues to see how you could make your office a more environmentally friendly place. Share resources and knowledge of recycling and come up with the best programme for your office to make it a more eco-friendly work environment.
Reward your colleagues
If you?re struggling to convince your employees to care about the environment in the same way you do, then perhaps you can incentivise them with something they do care about. You could give out rewards such as a bottle of wine, a gift voucher or an early home time to the team who recycle the most each week. You could also offer a reward in return for employees attending a seminar on recycling, or helping to promote recycling among their colleagues.
Have a little fun with your recycling programme to encourage more colleagues to get involved. Perhaps have a ?recycler award? for someone who comes up with the best environmentally-friendly idea to improve the workspace. Nominate someone to bake them a cake, or offer a small business incentive like being allowed to leave work early to show they are appreciated for making an effort.
Encourage your workmates
Don?t just reward your workmates ? encourage them too. Create a recycling station and try to record the office?s efforts over time. Maybe draw up a chart in the lunchroom that shows how many trees you?ve saved by recycling paper, or who?s recycled the most materials. Try and get a little competition happening.
Any encouragement will help get more of your colleagues involved in a recycling programme.
Keep it simple
While most people have good intentions to recycle, busy employees will rarely go out of their way to do so. Therefore, as the employer you must make it easy for them. Provide recycling bins in all appropriate areas of the business premises, and ensure that they are clearly marked so it?s obvious which bin is for recycling and which is for non-recyclable waste. If you have an office where a lot of paper is used, you should make sure recycling bins are in easy reach of all employees? desks.
Educate about recycling
If your employees understand the reasons you want to implement a good recycling programme in your company, they will be more likely to follow your guidance. You could send out information by email, but it might be ignored by employees with other tasks they see as higher priority. To ensure that everyone gets the message, you could set up a mandatory seminar on the subject for all employees to attend. Look for ways to make the seminar interesting and fun so it doesn?t feel like too much of a chore.
Choose a service to help you recycle
To help with your recycling programme, choose an environmentally-friendly service to help recycle your products for you.
And there you have it ? tips for setting up a recycling programme at the office. Good luck!