Recycling is one of the best ways for businesses to save money, and recent studies have suggested that roughly 85% of office waste is recyclable material. But implementing a successful recycling program in a professional setting is more difficult in practice than in theory.
Recycling is one of the ways in which cost cutting businesses are trying to get the edge over their competitors by lowering cost, but an office is more than its founders. Depending on the size of any given office, there are numerous intermediaries and dozens of employees going about their daily work day, and saturating the entire office with a successful recycling program can be a difficult task.
Interested businesses or ambitious employees can make the first move by surveying the office and finding out what people are throwing away and how much trash is piling up on a weekly basis. Depending on the office environment, the findings from this survey can vary wildly, and with each result comes a different recycling approach.
Municipal waste management working within the building itself or otherwise servicing the building can give the interested parties all the information they need, and in most office situations the vast majority of waste products are going to come from common paper goods. A stray Coke bottle or juice container can be solved with relatively little effort, but most offices are going to begin their recycling programs by starting with paper and expanding their reach from there.
It’s necessary for uninitiated businesses to gradually introduce new recycling protocols to their employees so that people don’t get overwhelmed; due to the professional setting, most of the people who are going to be responsible for following recycling protocols are going to have other protocols first and foremost in their mind.
As soon as an office is able to uniformly follow strong paper recycling protocols, the recycling program itself can begin expanding to cover other necessary items, such as electronics, ink cartridges, and even computers. The recycling of electronics is likely to be the most difficult implementation, since electronics have their own distinguished standards set up by various protection agencies in the area.
Advanced recycling programs covering the tools and technologies employees use can be incentivized with rewards, since certain products are likely to generate a small but measurable amount of revenue for the participating company. Additionally, trash services are by and large more expensive than recycling services, which means that the more waste an office recycles, the more their business saves on the cost of services.
Depending on whether or not office electronics are strictly proprietary, individual employees may be allowed to sell the products across online websites. However, due to the potential for misuse and distraction from daily work duties, most recycling should be regimented and routine and not distract the employee from work for any extended period of time. Offices dealing with certain high value electronic products can hire recycling coordinators from local recycling plants and programs to help oversee the safe and successful recycling of valuable waste.
Offices are faced with different paper products involving printer paper, magazines, construction paper and even cardboard. Mass producing businesses will typically use a baler device to crush down large amounts of cardboard for recycling, but smaller scale operations can utilize local municipalities and recycling services, which are likely to pay for the items and offset the cost of waste disposal. Larger offices might benefit from a hefty recycling bin that doesn’t differentiate between recyclable items, while smaller operations should be able to handle their output of waste with an inexpensive set of recycling bins. A well-coordinated waste effort will help to clean up the office and help to bring order to employees’ waste disposal hab