UK workplace safety specialist Safetyshop has highlighted tips on how companies can become greener and recycle more waste much like how homeowners are now familiar with recycling household waste.
Bhavna Mistry, Head of Product Marketing at the business health and safety equipment specialist has provided businesses and company owners with a series of helpful suggestions to make their company more environmentally friendly and help combat climate change as well.
“Recycling is on the agenda of most businesses as we live and work in environments that need protecting. Saving energy and reducing the speed of climate change can make a difference to the amount of new materials we need.” said Bhavna.
“Many people now recycle waste at home and would prefer to do the same within their workplace, businesses can save money, promote their corporate social responsibility and be seen as doing the right thing by their employees and customers.”
The following tips should help companies set up a company recycling scheme and apply to many industries and workplaces, from factories to offices…
• Get Management Support – Employees with ideas about introducing recycling bins and other waste management programs should get support from management who will be able to get on board and approve of the suggestions.
• Look for recyclable material in your company’s waste – Waste such as paper, cardboard, cans and bottles are a good starting point and are often the largest volume of waste material in businesses too.
• Find a local recycling company or recycling centre – knowing where to take the material to or who to come and collect your recyclable waste will be an important step.
• Decide where to place recycling containers – A good place to place recycling bins is where the waste is normally kept or generated, this makes it easy for workers to identify where to dispose of the recyclable waste.
• Educate and incentivise your co-workers – educate workers on what can and cannot be recycled and the location of the recycle bins. You may want to encourage them to recycle by offering incentives or rewards for teams or departments that recycle the most.
• Monitor and report – Management will want to know how much resources are saved as a result and chart the success of the scheme.
There are other areas which companies could require additional products such as hazardous substance storage and external bins such as recycling old batteries to prevent chemicals leaking as well as safely disposing of unwanted or old electrical equipment.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations issued by the government have made it much easier to recycle old electrical equipment safely.