On average, an individual uses nearly 10,000 sheets of paper annually. Most of this is not recycled. Recycling of waste saves your company money as well as the environmental impact it may cause.
In a busy office in which each person is busy with his or her own work, no one cares where he drops different categories of wastes. And this has adverse effects to the office since it can trigger chemical reactions which might produce foul smell.
An office that is engaged in office recycling saves the company money, reduce its environmental impact and lastly improves its status on environmental conservation and maintenance.
Tips on office recycling
1. Nominate recycling team/champions: such tasks cannot be done alone and so the help of a team from various departments of the organization can be selected to champion the program as even they give their idea of what type of office they want to have around. These are people who will own up this idea and be responsible for environmental issues in the office.
2. Determine the quantity of waste you produce: it is important to carry out an assessment in the office to find out the approximated or exact quantity of waste produced per day over a period of one week. Weigh and determine the volume produced. This will serve as a starting point on the mechanisms you will employ.
3. Choose what to collect: there are many types of waste produced in your office. It is at this point that the team will sit down and select which wastes to collect and which ones not. Recyclables can be used to generate money to expand the office. These may include bottles and papers. Work closely with your garbage hauler to determine what products from your office are recyclable and which ones are not.
4. Involve a custodial team: it is important to involve them at the formulation stage so that they have an understanding of how it all works out failure of which they can unintentionally collect destroy your program.
Their involvement is very essential in the user behavior they may not be conversant with.
5. Know the traffic flow: the position in which you place your bin will ultimately determine whether or not people will be in position to use it. Knowing the traffic flow in your office and the busiest places such as meeting rooms and lunch halls is essential since they are highly waste generating areas. This will enable you to centrally place a recycle bin in a place accessible by everyone.
6. Consider centralized recycling: this program enables employees to have small desk side recycling bins and mini bins which they take at the end of the day to the central station and sort the wastes themselves.
It is important since it enables employees to be accountable of the type of wastes they produce. It reduces contamination and increases the rates of diversion.
7. Choose the right recycle bins: Choose bins that collect all your litter in one container regardless of what they are. This will enable you collect much compared to when you have separate bins for different streams until people start moving to the nearest container thus dropping unnecessary litter to incorrect bins.
8. Apply the use of images on the recycle bins: Use of images is important in this exercise since it helps increase diversity rate as well as reduce contamination of your litter. A recent study from the University of Toronto has indicated that using images increases the diversion rate by 164%. This comes about since some people do not know how to differentiate recyclables from non-recyclables and thus pictorial images may enhance their understanding and ability to know.
9. Launch your office recycling program: It is important to communicate to bring out the success of the recycling program in your office. The way you will communicate will influence the success of the whole initiative.
Install poster, sign and custom sticker printing besides the recycle bins to serve as reminders to users as well as highlighting your goals for doing so each time they use it. Hold regular meetings if possible to assess your progress and the milestones reached by the program from time to time.