How to Improve Your Company's Waste Disposal Practices

Adam Farias 2017-03-15 16:00:00

Let's be honest: how many of your employees throw their soda pop cans in the trash?

When you decide to investigate your company's waste disposal practices, you will deduce a few things: your business is quite wasteful, your staff isn't focused on reducing their waste and your enterprise hardly recycles. It is time for a complete overhaul of your garbage methods.

Waste management is an important element of your overall business model. At the same time, you can't keep honing in on waste management but rather sustainable materials management, which consists of prevention, reuse, source separation or recycling. This is the way to go.

By enhancing your waste disposal measures, you can save money and help the planet. In fact, it is estimated that 70 percent of your waste could be recycled or reused one way or another.

Here are five tips to improve your company's waste disposal practices:

Office Supplies Can be Recycled

Once your pen has died – even after you have shaken it numerous times – you throw it in the trashcan. Although this is the common reaction, you should actually toss it in the recycling bin.

As a matter of fact, a majority of your office supplies can be recycled. Envelopes, phone books, paper, cardboards (see below), birthday cards and many others are just some of the common items in your office space that can be chucked in the blue bin rather than the black garbage can.

Remember to Flatten Your Cardboard Boxes

If you have gone through a serious case of paper shredding and you have leftover cardboard boxes, you can recycle these boxes. You just have to remember to flatten those same cardboard boxes. Not only does this make it easier for the organizations in charge of taking these boxes to a recycling facility, you can also have additional space in your recycling can for other items.

Embrace the Life of E-Cycling

When your company has been around for at least 20 years then it is definitely plausible to have gone through a wide array of electronics and computer equipment. Everything from outdated desktop computers to fax machines, your business has spent a chunk of change on technology over the years.

Do you still have them lying around? Well, why aren't you recycling, or otherwise known as e-cycling? This is when you employ a number of electronic recycling tasks, such as donating this equipment to schools or non-profit groups or dropping them off at a recycling plant.

Plastic Bottles & Soda Cans Must be Recycled

As previously mentioned, some members of your staff are simply tossing their soda cans and plastic water bottles in the black garbage bin. Recycling these two products is the easier thing to do, and should be encouraged by the company itself.

By recycling soda cans, you're not only being eco-friendly you're also helping your municipality make money. Moreover, plastic bottles are the easiest to recycle and reuse to close the loop!

Keep All of Your Disposal Spots Clean

Here is one way to deter anyone from recycling office supplies, soda pop cans or cardboard boxes: unhygienic, unsanitary and dirty waste disposal spots in your office.

Moving forward, it is crucial to ensure that all of your waste disposal spots – green bins, blue bins and black bins – are clean and organized. It is important for all companies to regularly manage their waste disposal so that someone doesn't have an excuse to not recycle.

For both private enterprises and households, there are numerous dos and don'ts pertaining to waste disposal. Although proper waste disposal management is something we should actively do on a regular basis, we tend to neglect our environmental responsibilities. But you can adjust your ways by incorporating a waste disposal initiative that you will eventually become accustomed to. The key solution is to plan ahead, keep track of your waste and reward yourself for a job well done. This will also give your business a boost in reputation.