Everybody wants to recycle more. In addition to being the best thing for the environment, it can also improve your businesses bottom line. Your business will see cost benefits by recycling more so here are a few simple tips for you to follow to make your business more sustainable – and profitable.
Identify Recyclable Waste
What are you throwing away every day that could potentially be recycled? And how much is it costing you? The answer isn’t as clear as you may think. A detailed waste audit will likely reveal many areas where your business is not recycling enough.
Commonly thrown away recyclables include:
- Paper or plastic cores
- Kraft multi-wall bags
- Plastic drums
- Plastic and metal strapping
- All types of plastic packaging
- Nitrile gloves, hairnets & ear plugs
- Thread spools
- And many more
Develop Recycling Teams
If a recycling program is going to work, everyone in your business needs to be on the same page. Many companies face a resistance to change and a dependence on former habits, but nearly every company has individuals who care deeply about environmental issues. Management needs to utilise these individuals to develop internal Green Teams. These teams can be given extra responsibilities and incentives to lead efforts to get other staffers on board and up to speed. The ideal Green Team would feature workers from many shifts and departments, with several eyes and ears on the ground.
Keep ‘Em Separated By Keeping It Simple
It’s also important to keep all commercial recycling receptacles in accessible locations with clear signage — with visuals making it as easy as possible for people to know what goes where. That way you’ll make it easier for your staff to recycling and will increase the overall volume recycled for your business.
Find A Recycling Partner
Without the expertise of a recycling partner a recycling program can be difficult to manage, particularly for a company with multiple locations or plants across the country. It is time-consuming effort that requires ongoing training, on-site consultations and process analysis across all locations. A company greatly benefits from a recycling partner who can handle every step of the operation, from touring the plants, mapping out all the details with the decision makers, arranging the distribution and delivery schedules and creating the financial framework and payment arrangements.
Some things to look for in a recycling partner include:
- Reliable reporting: Companies need accurate data to track how they’re doing, progress or mistakes they’re making and money they’re saving or losing.
- Optimized picks ups: The ability to put all recyclables on one trailer, greatly reducing transportation costs.
- Single point of contact, even for multiple facilities across the country: This maximizes efficiency and profitability while making the recycling program more convenient and manageable.
- An understanding of your business/product and a commitment to finding solutions for hard-to-recycle items.
If you’d like to discuss becoming one of Panda’s recycling partners please get in touch with our recycling specialisits