Every day, each of us generates garbage in our homes and workplaces. Recycling is a wise alternative to sending heaps of waste to the landfill, especially for easily recyclable products such as paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, and steel. Recycling saves natural resources, landfill space and helps avoid disposal costs. As public awareness concerning the importance of recycling continues to grow, many customers are choosing environmentally responsible businesses. In addition, if properly implemented, a recycling program can provide bottom-line savings.
Ensure commitment from the corporate office, local management, and custodial staff. Appoint an enthusiastic, dependable recycling coordinator to help develop and monitor the recycling program. This person will need to work with all levels of staff, vendors, contractors, and the general public.
Strategically Place the Recycling Containers by reviewing the layout/floor plan at your store. Locate all areas' storage space, equipment, and employee/customer traffic patterns. Recycling container placement and recyclables collection and storage should maximize usage and ease. Involve employees in these decisions as they will be key to the recycling program's success.
Storage of the recyclable materials may be necessary until the scheduled collection day. When choosing a storage area, be sure it is easily accessible, adheres to local fire codes, and is large enough. If the recycling containers need to be placed outside for collection, be sure they do not block traffic, and a passerby cannot use your container as a trash receptacle.
Promoting Your Program
Continual promotion and education of employees is critical to the success of your program. Begin with a kick-off memo from upper management showing full support. Brief training sessions should follow to explain the program's benefits, materials to be recycled, and employee responsibility. New employee orientation should include the company's recycling program. Encourage employee suggestions and promote any changes message boards and emails.