Recycle at Work

Well, it’s the right thing to do! Recycling will save you money in disposal costs, but more importantly it saves our natural resources. Recycling also may generate some revenue for your business through the sale of recyclables. The U. S. EPA estimates that businesses and industry generate 65% to 70% of the waste nationwide. No matter what type of business you’re in-industry, health care, retail, professional services, food service, construction, etc., we can all benefit from your business recycling program.

Think twice before throwing away that scrap piece of paper-recycle it instead! There are many materials that can be recycled from your business, including office paper, cardboard, drinking containers, wooden pallets, unwanted mail, glass and plastic, and more.

1.Carry out a waste assessment/audit. This will help you determine what you’re throwing away and will also help you identify waste reduction and business recycling opportunities. Walk through your facility, get ideas from your employees and examine your records. How much business waste are you generating? How often is your waste picked up? How much do you pay for pick up? Look at all operation areas (office, shipping, receiving, break room, etc.)

2.Find a market. Once you determine what you would like to recycle, contact haulers, brokers and recyclers to see if there is a market for your material.

3.Educate employees. Education and outreach should begin before you start your business recycling program. Make sure everyone knows what material you will be recycling and how the materials should be prepared. Don’t forget your cleaning company – they can play an important role in making your program successful. Clearly label recycling bins and containers and place them conspicuously

4.Evaluate your program. Be sure to keep track of waste recycling expenses and savings. This information will help you evaluate your program and report the results.