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Regardless of whether you have service with the KRC to pickup your recyclables, it is often difficult to get a Recycling Program started in your business.
While it may be similar to how you recycle in your home, there are some distinct difficulties to office place recycling (ie. how do you get everyone else to participate?) The KRC is always happy to consult with you about options, but we hope this guide can help get you started.
Designing your program starts with the following steps:
- 1. Pick a Leader – Someone who will be in charge of coordinating the recycling efforts.
- 2. Pick Materials – Each materials has its own benefits and problems.
- 3. Collection – This is the crux. Someone has to take the materials from your office.
- 4. Promotion – Recycling is easily overlooked. Promotion prevents this.
Depending on the size of your business, it may be that one person can handle it, or it may be necessary to appoint a team to oversee recycling efforts. This person or group will keep your business accountable and facilitate the needs of the program.
Be sure to pick a person or group that has the time and energy to devote to this project. Look for volunteers first – they will be the most enthusiastic.
Remember that this person is not the Recycling Program. Don’t dump it all on them. They are there to coordinate the efforts of the entire staff. The only way for a Recycling Program to succeed long term is to make sure everyone participates in some way.
It is vital that you are practical when picking a material to start recycling. While it is noble to try to recycle everything, it is not always easy.
If you are a small office, try starting with paper. It is the largest part of office waste. As your program matures, you can begin adding new materials, and eventually you can work all the way up to hard-to-recycle items.
This is the key to any Recycling Program. The KRC offers a comprehensive recycling pick up service for business and organization, but we are not the only ones. There are large companies that can handle high volume bulk recycling, and there are companies set up for single materials. One of the main values of the KRC Business Recycling Service is that all of the money received from the service is used for education.
The first step is providing bins for employees. People need somewhere to collect the materials you’ve decided to recycle. Make sure your collection points are central and easy to access. If the trash can is more available, it has a higher probability of being used.
The second step is labeling your bins properly. Most recycling bins are easy to spot, but deciding what they are for is not. Make sure your bins are clearly marked as recycling bins and by the material that goes in. A sign describing example materials is always a great way to insure proper recycling.
This is the final step, but it is equally important as the rest. Promote your Recycling Program and increase enthusiasm. What good is a Recycling Program if no one uses it?
Give prizes or other incentives to employees who display the best recycling efforts. Organize a meeting to educate your employees on the benefits of the Recycling Program. In the end, enthusiasm, education, and creativity will help your program to succeed.