It isn’t hard to take the lead as a recycling advocate at your workplace. If you are concerned about the waste that goes on in your office, begin with these tips, and discover how you can reduce the quantity of used materials.
Discover Your Present Status
What waste does your office currently put out? How do you stand on recycling? Do you do any recycling already? Where are you especially strong, and where does the most waste go on? Learn ahead of time where you will need to implement changes. Make records, so afterward you will be able to compare.
Know Local Recycling Alternatives
Once you know how your office is doing, the next thing to do is to learn your local recycling options. What you will be able to do with waste supplies in your office? Contact your city administrator to learn the details of your local recycling plan.
Make Sure Management is On Board
If your boss hasn’t put you in charge of improving recycling in your office, discuss your plan for improvement. Your boss’s approval will help you to make recycling either required or a healthy habit. If your boss isn’t fully convinced, talk it over considerately, and see if you can begin with small changes. Be sure that you are not wasteful in your own habits.
Once your boss has given you the go-ahead, begin campaigning for recycling awareness. Hang posters, send out emails. Discuss your ideas one on one with your coworkers. Share your personal reasons for desiring to recycle. Talk about the benefits, both to the environment and on cutting down on trash.
Set Up Recycling Bins
What to Recycle?
The majority of waste made every day in an office can be recycled. Papers of all sorts, bottles and cans, paper cups, magazines, newspapers, promotional fliers, boxes and wrapping paper from reams of paper.
Hang Posters to Remind Recycling Habits
It is said that habits are created once something has been done twenty or thirty times. Until everyone at the office has had the chance to build habits toward recycling their waste, post reminders. A note left here and there will work, or a word over coffee break. Or, consider hanging posters, especially near the waste and recycling bins. You could make your own, or find cleverly designed ones on the internet.
When purchasing new batches of paper and other supplies, see if you can obtain products that are made from recycled materials. You can enjoy the benefits of recycling, not just the work of sorting out recyclables. Be careful not to buy more goods than you will need, that will end up going to waste. You’ll save money as well as the environment!