Is your office green? If you haven’t taken steps to make your everyday business recycling program more environmentally friendly, you’re missing out on a crucial opportunity to benefit the Earth. “Going green” is no longer complicated or even costly. Conversely, some businesses discover that a business recycling program ends up positively affecting their bottom line. Whatever your motivation for considering a move to more eco-friendly practices, you should know that the potential impacts of doing so are vastly beneficial, especially when you implement a business recycling program.
Kill Fewer Trees by Going Paper-Free
Let’s face it; the world is moving away from paper products, creating a paperless workplace and you should, too. Nearly everything (even patient records) can now be effectively and safely stored on media rather than in paper form. Better yet, electronic storage is safer and more reliable, too, especially if your storage is in the cloud; if there’s a fire, a flood, or someone breaks in, they still won’t be able to access sensitive information.
For any paper items you need to rely on, a business recycling program will keep them out of a landfill and reduce the sheer number of trees needed to fulfill your needs. Have employees shred sensitive papers and recycle the rest; at the end of the week you can have them picked up for proper business recycling so they’re out of your way.
Potential Impact: Save 682.5 gallons of oil, 26,500 liters of water and 17 trees for every 1 ton of paper your business recycles.
Reduce Chemical Impacts Through Business Recycling Programs and Waste Management
Some of the chemical products businesses use are questionable at best. This includes everything from everyday cleaners like bleach to maintenance-oriented products like paint thinner and even solvents designed to clean up grease. Some industrial products may even be caustic or outright poisonous; proper handling and recycling of these materials is one of the biggest and most important steps towards a greener business that you can make.
While your first step should always be to choose the most environmentally friendly chemicals you can in the first place, this is admittedly not always possible, especially within the tech or industrial market. When you must use caustic chemicals, ensure that all employees have the correct training to use and dispose of them correctly. Then, partner with a chemical waste company to ensure that they’re disposed of safely when no longer in use. Never pour chemicals like cleaners, paint, solvents, or acids down the drain. Doing so can cause widespread harm.
Potential Impact: Fewer chemical accidents at work, less impact on local water tables, and safer protocols for staff members, too.
Reach Out to Ever Green Environmental for More Information
If we’ve piqued your interest and you’re ready to learn more about how a business recycling program can benefit your employees, feel free to reach out to our team today by phone at 864-230-9800.