Three Ways to Encourage Recycling at Your Office

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An office generates plenty of waste. Too many copies get printed and end up in the trash, shipping materials are discarded, office supply packaging is tossed and soda bottles from caffeine enthusiasts accumulate only to be dumped in the garbage can. If your office doesn’t participate in recycling services, it could be doing a fair amount of damage to the environment.

So what can you do to motivate your office to participate in recycling services?

  1. Host an education program or meeting on what to recycle. Plenty of people fail to recycle properly because they just don’t fully understand the process. Make sure everyone in your office knows what they can do to make your office a greener place to work. Green practices also look good from a public relations standpoint, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get your boss to support a seminar or two.
  2. Check with the waste management services your company employs and see if they pick up recyclables along with the trash. If they don’t, see if you can find a service that does. Educating yourself about options in the area is a great way to get your office on the path to better recycling practices. You may even be able to partner with local waste disposal companies for things like bottle-and-can fundraisers and recycling e waste.
  3. Make a designated area for recyclables and separate it into categories. Have separate places or bins for paper/cardboard recycling and plastic recycling. Even if your job won’t support recycling, you can always take materials to recycle services and centers yourself. You may even be able to make a few extra bucks off the bottles and cans your co-workers discard. Get the permission of your boss first, of course.

What ways have you gotten your business to start recycling? Share your tips with us in the comments!
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