How to Start an Office Recycling Program
Do you have an office recycling program? Let’s face it, offices and workplaces make a lot of waste. Offices get tons of mail, faxes and emails that need to be printed off. Certainly there are copies made for meetings that are only needed for a short time. Employees have drink containers and if they bring their lunch there are more containers that need to be disposed of. Chances are you get deliveries that come in cardboard boxes and don’t forget about packaging. Why continue to put all of this waste into the landfill? Why not start a recycling program at work? Anymore the majority of consumer goods are recyclable. We are here to help you set up your office recycling program.
1. See what recyclables are accepted in your area
Do you know what recyclables are accepted in your area? There are probably more than you think. Check with your local recycling authority to find out what items they will take. They most certainly have a paper that spells everything out. What they take and what they do not.
2. Complete a waste audit
You now know what can be recycled locally. Go and take a look at what your company is throwing away. Make a list of the items that can be recycled.
3. Get some bins
You are going to need some large containers to put recyclables into. While we don’t sell bins, generally plastic containers are light and serve well for transporting items from one place to another. For instance to your local recycling collection center.
4. Buy some labels
This is the part where we can help you the best. Kewanna Screen Printing has been in business since 1961. We help companies with their industry specific durable printing needs. One of those industrial needs is container and recycling labels. These labels are intended for use outdoors, so that means you probably won’t need to replace them until your bin is falling apart or you need to expand your program.
We have labels for everything you could possibly want to recycle. If someone is recycling it somewhere, chances are we have a label for it. Our most popular workplace bin labels are below. Take your list and place an order below. You should see your order in 5 to 7 business days.
5. Designate someone to empty the bins when they get full
Once you have your bins and labels, things will start slow. Just make sure the bins get emptied regularly. Nothing puts an end to employee recycling programs quicker than overflowing bins. Make sure you know who is supposed to take recycling when bins get full and make sure they know where to take them.
6. Print some flyers
Make sure everyone knows about the office recycling program. If you don’t, people will assume it is trash and there goes your brilliant plan. Print out flyers saying what can and can’t be recycled. Give them to everyone!
*note: it is always a good plan to run your idea past management first and get the okay on making copies of your Office Recycling Program flyers.
Check out our multi-stream recycling decals and single stream recycling stickers.