“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.”  John Sawhill

Isn’t that the truth these days? Have you ever looked into your work garbage visibly upset by how many things could be recycled and instead are being thrown in the trash to sit in a landfill and ruin our planet. Sustainability is a growing subject and many companies across the nation, and the world, are beginning to prioritize their own “go green” efforts. Honestly, starting a office recycling program in your office is not that hard. The first step is to make the decision to do it! What’s next? Let Ever Green Environmental help prepare you to start your own office recycling program today!

Figuring Out The Needs

So now that you have decided to take that green plunge, what do you do first? Our recommendation is figuring out what your needs actually are. Take a look at the trashcans. Where are they placed? What exactly is in it? When is it being utilized most? Our easiest recommendation for this is doing an office wide poll or survey to help you gain all the information you need to begin a office recycling program.

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

For those new to office recycling, it may be a tad bit overwhelming to see 20 different kinds of recycling bins where just one trash can used to be. That’s why we urge those starting an office recycling program to ease into the process.  Starting with something small, like recycling paper products can help tremendously. Then, as more and more employees begin to understand and utilize the office recycling program, turn it up a notch!

Encouragement is Key!

Who do employees listen to the most? In a general company setting, the boss has the ultimate say. If the boss is doing it, employees should follow suit. The best way to reach others is by motivating them and encouraging them and this should come from the boss and trickle its way down to everyone in the workplace. Another great motivator are signs and information that tells employees where exactly they can recycle! It never hurts to show your employees exactly where recyclables can go!
Training the staff, arranging the disposal, and gradually turning your office into a fully lean, green, recycling machine is an invaluable process that takes time and energy, but is worth every second!
If you are looking for office recycling services to get you started with your office, look no further than Ever Green Environmental. Currently serving upstate South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Western North Carolina (including Asheville). For more information about starting an office recycling program, call us today at 864-230-9800.
 

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