Recycling in the Workplace | Commercial Recycling

Recycling in the workplace

With many businesses now beginning to return to some kind of normality after the 3rd National lockdown, there’s no better time to ensure you have the appropriate commercial waste disposal and recycling measures in place.

In this article, we are going to help you to understand how to implement a successful waste disposal strategy, share effective ways to educate your employees on recycling, whilst also providing guidance on how Commercial Recycling can help you.

Establish your waste types

Depending on the type of organisation you are managing, you may find that you produce certain types of waste in larger volumes than others.

If a successful waste management strategy is to be achieved, it is vital you consider all the types of waste your business is generating.

For example, offices may need to consider general recycling and mixed black bag waste, restaurants will be producing a lot of food waste, packaging and glass waste, whereas the construction industry will be challenged with the disposal of inert wastes.

Once you are aware of the waste types and approximate volumes that you are producing, you can look into how to manage this waste. This may involve:

  • Different bin types and sizes
  • The use of skips or roros (check out our friends at AMS for more information)
  • Tipping at a local recycling centre
  • Regular, scheduled waste collections
  • One off waste collections or disposals

At Commercial Recycling, we’d be happy to help you decide on the best disposal solutions for the waste types that are specifically relevant for your business. Call our experts on 01202 331560.

Make it easy for your team

The majority of employees are likely to support recycling initiatives. However, the adoption and success of any schemes will often be determined by how easy they are made. Proven ways to increase recycling within the workplace include;

  • Use signage as reminders, especially when it comes to signalling the different types of bins you want them to use. If you don’t fancy making your own, you can buy affordable recycling stickers or signs online or from office supplies catalogues.
  • Place waste and recycling bins around the whole workplace, not just in the kitchen or lobby. The shorter the distance your employees have to travel to correctly dispose of their waste, the more likely they are to do so.
  • If possible, provide incentives or rewards to encourage recycling behaviour. Even some healthy competition between your team members could help.

Reuse where possible

Not all waste needs to be thrown away (at least not the first time it is used!). Two small ways that you can implement a reusable initiative are:

  • Suggest employees bring reusable bottles rather than disposal cans / plastic bottles. Even better, why not invest in some branded drinks bottles and distribute these to team members. Not only does this encourage sustainable consumption, but it’s free publicity for your brand if they use the bottles outside of work.
  • We’re all guilty of printing more than we need to, so the paper should be reused where possible. Start a scrap paper pile next to your printer which can be used for note taking.

Don’t let your bins overflow

You may have heard of the Broken Windows Theory – signs of disarray in a neighbourhood (such as a broken window) encourages more broken windows…

…Well the same goes for a messy working environment.

If you’re creating more rubbish than you either have the space for, or have provided waste containers for, you need to review your strategy. Not only will your employees respect the work space less, but it creates an unhealthy and potentially unsafe environment.

One solution that may be helpful is the new commercial wheelie bin and refuse bag service provided by our friends at Avon Material Supplies. They can provide a variety of bin types (or bags if you lack space) in a range of sizes. They will then collect the waste on a schedule that suits you, whether that be daily, weekly or fortnightly.

For medium – large scale one off clearances, we can provide a man and van waste collection. Our operatives will be with you in no time, and will clear up to 1 tonne of waste from your premises.

Trust recycling experts

Establishing contact with a licenced, reliable local recycling centre (such as us at Commercial Recycling) can help you take the stress out of waste management.

It’s our job to know everything there is to know about commercial waste disposals, so we would be more than happy to discuss your requirements with you.

As a fully licenced recycling centre, we are able to accept and process almost any waste type, including hazardous wastes. As such, we have a wide range of waste disposal and collection services on offer. We are confident that we will have the ideal recycling solution for you.

We also operate under a policy that ensures we divert as much waste as possible from landfill. This means that if you work with us, you can be assured that your waste is taken care of in the most efficient, sustainable ways possible.

To learn more, please feel free to call us on 01202 331560 or fill in our contact form.


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