Most businesses or places of work are going to generate some kind of waste. However, not all of it has to be sent to the landfill. Knowing how to tell the trash from the recyclable materials helps you sort out that which can be used again.
Not every business will generate the same kind of waste. Having said that, three of the biggest groups of potential waste include paper and cardboard products, plastic, and glass. There can also be anything from electronics to lawn materials.
Some recycling plants and services can do some basic sorting for you. However, you might have to make sure your business has separate storage or recycling containers for each kind of waste that it generates.
Lawn materials might be something you can compost or even re-sell as fertilizer and mulch. However, you might need specialized service providers for construction recycling. Lining up the right waste disposal options might take a little bit of research. Local municipal governments might have free programs that you can use for certain recycling options, but other kinds of waste might mean you need to utilize professional third-party options.
Train everyone in your business about all of this. Show them the kinds of waste your business generates that can be recycled, tell them where to store it, and inform them of where it needs to go. Also, let them know where and when it is all picked up. The more information your staff has about this, the more likely they are to see the value in all of it. Most of all, educate them about what it does for the world.
Once a recycling program is put in place in your business, be sure that you ensure compliance with it. It’s great to institute in the first place, but it only matters if people actually keep doing it as a part of daily business operations. The sight of recycling containers can look good to customers, but the sight of people ignoring them or not using them can also backfire hard.
Recycling can do a lot for your business. Some materials might actually be worth some money or value as scrap. Also, others may share in your pride in doing something for the environment. It can boost morale among employees and be something consumers look for in your business.
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