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Getting Serious About Waste Management and Recycling in the Workplace

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, there’s pressure to go green in 2018. If you’re unprepared to do so, you’re going to feel the backlash and face a variety of repercussions.

The good news is there are plenty of practical ways you can get your business moving in the right direction. Are you ready to give it a try?

The Benefits of Managing Waste

From a business perspective, there are plenty of reasons to get serious about waste management and recycling in the workplace. The three biggest benefits include:

  • Protects environment. Waste reduction and recycling habits obviously have a positive impact on the environment. In this sense, you can rest easy knowing your business is doing its part to protect the world for future generations.
  • Saves money. Practically, a green approach to business reduces waste and saves your business money. In many cases, profitability will be drastically affected.
  • Enhances brand image. While less tangible in the short-term, one of the long-term benefits of improving waste management and recycling habits is that it enhances your brand image in the eyes of your customers.

4 Tips for Your Office

The benefits are clear – but how do you actually take control of your office’s waste and recycling habits? There’s no single formula for success, but the following tips will help.

1. Launch a Campaign

You can’t just expect your employees to start implementing green habits. You need to actually launch a campaign and provide some structure and direction for them to follow.

The goal of any campaign like this should be three-pronged: to reduce, reuse, and recycle. If you can get your employees to do these three things, everything else will fall into place.

2. Focus on Reduction

Reusing and recycling materials will obviously play a critical role in your green office initiative, but the primary focus should be on reduction.

It’s always better to reduce up front. By reducing your dependence on something – such as paper – there’s less to reuse and recycle. In this sense, it saves you time and allows you to allocate your energy towards other efforts.

3. Know What to Toss vs. Recycle

One of the biggest keys to the entire process of going green is to know what can and can’t be recycled. For example:

  • Bubble-padded envelopes can’t be recycled (though they can be reused).
  • Paper with staples and/or clear windows can be recycled.
  • Batteries are a sensitive subject. Some can be recycled, while many can’t.Some have to be disposed of in a very specific way, while others can be tossed in the trash. It’s always best to read up on the specific battery you’re trying to get rid of, but basic Duracell alkaline batteries – which are primarily composed of common metals– can just be tossed into the trash.
  • Glass is another unique material. Some recycling centers accept glass, while others require you to toss it in with the trash. Keep this in mind as you research various waste management companies.
  1. Deal With Digital Waste, Too

As you spend time dealing with physical waste, you might as well take the opportunity to address digital waste as well. By trimming back data entry and automating certain processes, you can save time and energy throughout your business.

Adding it All Up

The upside to going green is clear – and there really aren’t very many dangers or risks. If you want to get your business moving in a positive direction this year, spend some time looking for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. You won’t regret it!

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