If your business is not recycling, now is a great time to start doing so. Consumers like and appreciate companies that take the initiative to be green in some way or another. Here are two tips that will get you started in the right direction.
#1 Get Your Company On Board
The first thing you need to do is get your company on board with your recycling initiative. If your company is not on board, your recycling effort is not gong to go very far. You are going to need people to change to change their thoughts and actions, and you are going to need to get everyone on board.
For top level management, you may need to research and sell them on the benefits that recycling will have for your business. For example, maybe recycling will cut down on your monthly garbage bill. Or maybe it will help increase your sales and attract more potential customers to your business.
Next, you need to get lower-level employees on board. For these employees, the same benefits that get top-level management on board may not work. You are going to need to show them how recycling will benefit them. For example, perhaps recycling cuts down on their work or saves them time every day.
#2 Perform An Audit
The second important thing you need to do is perform an audit of the trash that your business generates. You need to make sure that you are aware of what your company actually throws away before you develop a recycling plan. For example, if your company already doesn't use that much paper, but throws away a lot of industrial waste, focusing on a paper recycling program may not make that much sense, but building an industrial waste recycling program does.
You are going to need to keep track of what actually goes in your company's trash can for at least a week and keep in mind what can actually be recycled, such as steel, glass, and plastic.
Once you have performed an audit, you need to determine what types of materials you generate the most of and what types of materials would have the greatest impact if your company recycled.
When you have this information, you then need to start working on putting together your actual recycling program and present the detailed proposal to top level management and bring the lower-level workers completely on board as well.
For more information, contact local professionals like Norm Gordon & Associates, Inc.