Five Step Guide to Recycling For Small Businesses

Small businesses can benefit from recycling in a number of ways. For one, recycling is good for business, because it improves companies’ public image and attracts consumers that care about green practices. Recycling is also good for businesses simply because it fosters environmental stewardship within an organization, which can boost employee morale and help the environment. From a practical standpoint, recycling helps companies improve their own internal waste management operations.

So, how does it work? We’ve created a 5-step guide for small businesses to start a recycling program:

Step #1: Inventory Recyclable Materials

All small businesses produce recyclable waste, so the first step is to create a checklist that takes a complete inventory of all of it. Some of the most common culprits include paper, plastic, packaging, electronics, light bulbs, and batteries. A local waste management company can likely provide you with a checklist to help get your started.

Step #2: Develop a Collection Strategy

The next step is to select an area to collect the recyclable materials. Common areas that are in proximity to where employees might use waste are usually a good choice, because it makes it easy and convenient for employees to remember to recycle. You can have multiple disposal areas, depending upon the company’s size and set-up. Also, personal recycling bins are a good idea, particularly in an office setting where employees might want to recycle paper waste at their desk.

Step #3: Determine Disposal Method

Depending on the material, recycled waste can be disposed of through various methods, including being picked-up by an outside waste management company, dropped off by someone within your organization or even mailed in. Contact your local waste management company to see what your options are for various recyclable materials.

Step #4: Collaborate With Local Businesses

Recycling cooperatives involve a group of businesses that collaborate to improve their recycling capabilities at a reduced cost. This is a good option for businesses located in a single geographic area that separate the same recyclable material and can share a hauler.

Step #5: Educate Employees

Recycling is only as successful as the people in your company make it, so failing to educate employees on the what, why and how of recycling is commonly a companies’ biggest barrier. Signage both around disposal areas and outside to remind employees of the company’s commitment is key. In addition, hold preliminary and reminder trainings by inviting a Recycling Auditor in for a lunch and learn.

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