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Recycling plastic in the workplace

Recycling plastic in the workplace

As the old saying goes, “if you can’t beat them, join them.” Although the push exists to eliminate the waste that stems from drinking water from plastic bottles, the fact of the matter is billions of people will continue to drink out of them. Since the goal of complete and utter bottle disposal is a long-term dream (and one we should continue to work for every day), one area where a dent can be made is staying true to recycling efforts in the workplace.

Recycle plastic, because our planet is worth it

Perhaps not surprising, over 75% of all plastic bottles are not recycled and according to the Pacific Institute, most of those bottles end up littering beaches, polluting the seas and harming marine life.These bottles that are not recycled also end up covering landfills at a rate at which is astonishing.

In short, businesses all around the United States (and the world) can really make an impact on the planet, which is why employers can implement and enforce stricter measures pertaining to on-site recycling practices.

The success of these programs obviously hinges on employee cooperation, so any and all top-down measures need to be created with the emphasis that it benefits the greater good. One way of promoting employee recycling could be to provide incentives for those that adhere to the company’s policies. The benefits of recycling cannot be stressed enough, so long as plastic bottles stay around, this is the least we can do!

Be the office hero: devising for a workplace recycling program

It all starts with the audit – The only way to know how much garbage you are wasting is to perform a company-wide audit. Not everything can be recycled, but there could be chances you and your staff are missing. The sooner you know where your business stands, the quicker you can get around to disposing of those bottles in an efficient way.

Get in touch with a reputable vendor – There are many local vendors that specialize in collecting recyclables so pick up the phone and start calling. It is now easier than ever to get your business on a scheduled, office recycling program, so why wait?

Coordinate the logistics – Once in motion, you will need to establish an organized plan for getting the recyclables from point A to B. This means seeking approval from management, determining who is responsible for emptying the bins before they are collected, and motivating employees to get on board.

While it may take a little time to initially set up, establishing an office recycling program is one of the best things you can do to reduce your corporate environmental footprint. This is one investment always worth making.

Also keep in mind that the government offers a number of tax incentives to companies that implement recycling programs. While it’s wonderful to conserve for the love of the planet, a cash incentive to take leaner, greener measures is always helpful – especially if you apply it to purchasing greener products for your office.

Whatever the case may be, it can all be done in a good day’s work!