Recycling waste created in and by your business is great for your environmental impact and bottom line (in most cases, recycling services cost less than landfill collections). It also raises the brand perception of your business (people want to feel good about who they are purchasing from).
The changes you make to reduce your organisation's waste by recycling will have a ‘ripple effect’ – this means what your workplace does will help normalise recycling behaviour to your employees, suppliers, competitors and customers.
Recycling is a great way to start reducing your businesses rubbish. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing game – focus on recycling the largest amount/s of your workplace waste first, so people aren’t overwhelmed and any further changes will be made easier.
With 73% of New Zealanders considering it important to work for a socially and environmentally responsible company,* workplace recycling is a great move!
Implement recycling in a way and pace that suits your workplace. Focus on what you can do and make one change at a time.
Your recycling could include things like paper and card, plastic, aluminium, glass (or a mixture of all these), e-waste, metal, green gardening waste, building and construction waste, food waste.
A good place to start is by looking at what’s going in your bin that could be recycled. For example, a café may choose to organise a mixed recyclables collection for plastic/glass bottles and aluminium cans, and an office may decide that recycling their paper and card waste is the ‘quickest win’.
There is no kerbside collection for businesses, so chat to some waste collection companies to find one best suited to your workplace’s recycling needs.
Putting an organised recycling collection in place will make sure it’s easy for everyone at your workplace to recycle.
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If your workplace is eager to look at reducing waste in other areas, check out how we can reduce our waste at work.
*Colmar Brunton Better Futures Report 2017