Recycling at work…
Welcome to one of the first posts HeartKickin are going to release based on ethical business moves in favour of the planet. For more than 50 years now the human race has been churning out plastics all over the globe with devastating affects the environment. Over the course of 50 years we have created over 9 BILLION tonnes of plastic. 9% of which has been re-cycled and re-used. The rest (that is not currently being used) is most likely to be sat in a landfill site, the ocean or just generally littering the world.
Today we are going to share with you some ideas we think companies should embrace and put into effect for the sake of our planet.
Does your company class itself as Ethical? Does it claim to pride itself on good values? Have you got designated recycling bins and general waste bins at your workplace? Didn’t think so. So many companies really are slacking when it comes to recycling in the office. People fill bins each and every day with bottles, bags, wrappers and all sorts of other non-biodegradable products. This can be easily changed with a company policy. In our opinion it should be a legal requirement to have specific recycling bins for things such as paper and plastic. The two main recyclables in a working office.
If this became a legal requirement and government provided the means of picking up the recyclables then we could see over 5 Million companies recycling across the UK alone. This would be a massive help for the environment whilst also cutting costs on buying new plastics.
Re-Use things such as cardboard Boxes
Companies today receive packages very often, weather it is new stock, supplies or customer returns. From my own experience I have noticed that companies are reluctant to re-use carboard boxes even if there is nothing wrong with them? On top of this, they do not recycle the item… just flatten it and place it in the waste bin. Businesses should aim to cut costs of brand new boxes and re-use the ones they already have/receive. If people took an extra second to reserve the box when opening it then there should be no problem putting another item In the box and sending it off. After all it is only a blank box and not product packaging as such.
Use recycled products
Offices buy lots of stock when it comes to things such as boxes, zip-bags and especially paper. But how many businesses buy recycled products? This should now be common place in all business. There are many retailers that can provide such things at great prices and the quality is assured. You will be getting fantastic deals on products but also doing your part for the environment.
Offer a reward to employees for recycling.
This sounds farfetched and silly but it can be a great way for people to take part in re-cycling. We assume that your business could be split into departments. Such as Sales, web, accounts, technical and so on. You could offer a monthly prize for the department who has managed to recycle the most items in weight. This will actively push people to recycle in the workplace whilst also offering some friendly competition.
Here are just a few things you as a company can do to save the environment and gain a good reputation in the local community. As always, if you have any questions about this post, the site or any other blog we have shared then please do not hesitate to contact us via the form on the get in touch page.