If you work in an office, you probably recycle. But do you know how to be a better recycler? One way is to avoid common recycling mistakes, such as putting paper items in the wrong bin. You should also consider recycling your office trash if possible and make sure that everything you throw away isn’t contributing to pollution or littering.
The good news is that there are lots of ways for companies to improve their recycling efforts—here are some ideas on how to improve recycling in your office.
1) Know What’s Recyclable
Before you start trying to increase the amount of recyclable material in your office, it’s important to first know what is and isn’t recyclable. It’s also important to ensure that all paper, plastic, glass, and metal items are separated into their respective categories. If unsure, use a recycling guide to determine what goes where.
2) Save space and use a baling machine
Storing different recycled materials can put a lot of pressure on the amount of waste storage your site has. To reduce the amount of waste storage space needed, one option is to save space by using a baling machine. The machine compresses waste such as cardboard into compact bundles that are tied with bale wire to ensure the bundle can be stored and transported, and still maintain its shape.
3) Make sure you separate all materials and keep track records
Processors like seeing your records, so it’s important to make them completely accurate. Record everything: where it came from, when it was brought in, and into which bin it goes. If you fail to record what goes where in the office, those items may end up in a landfill or be sent to a recycler who may not know where they are sending it or what they should be receiving.
4) Remove desk bins
By centralizing your bins it is easier to install compartmentalized bins so waste can be segregated into recyclables and non-recyclables. This will encourage waste segregation and reduce the amount of contamination of recyclable materials.
5) Provide reusable company-branded water bottles
By providing reusable water bottles you are encouraging your staff to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics. In addition, you will also be building your brand by using company-branded water bottles.
6) Conduct a waste audit
A waste audit is when you examine what your staff are throwing away, to see where improvements can be made. Conducting a waste audit allows you to see exactly how much waste is going into your bins and allows you to identify where improvements can be made. It’s also a great way to educate your staff on what the different waste streams are.
Another way to reduce the amount of waste produced by your business is by using eco-friendly packaging for items that need wrapping.
Changing your office’s recycling and waste habits can sometimes be hard, but it’s important to make those changes. The good news is that there are lots of ways for offices to improve their recycling efforts. By keeping these tips in mind, you can make your office more environmentally friendly.