Environmentally-friendly companies have become the byword, and if you aren’t one yet, it’s time to make that change. If you are known as an environmentally-friendly business, you can become better respected in the community – and perhaps even attract more customers who are keen on finding a company which is more environmentally focused. By focusing on certain environmental programmes, you can also lift the morale of your employees as they know that they are involved in something good. Developing a good recycling programme is part and parcel of being an environmentally-conscious enterprise. So how can you do it effectively? Let’s find out.

Do an assessment

Before you develop a recycling programme, you first need to do an assessment when it comes to the waste your company produces. Take an audit of your company’s production of waste so you will know which areas require more attention than most. By doing an audit, you can also find out if any of your past efforts (if any) have resulted in any improvements in waste production, and if money has been saved as well. In your assessment, try to find out how much your company is producing in waste annually and what materials comprise the most substantial amount of waste from your company.

Decide on the system: the storage method, machinery, and more

Once you have had an assessment of the waste produced by your company, it’s time to decide on your recycling system. For one, you have to decide on the storage method for your business’ recycling efforts.  For example, based on the amount of waste produced by your business, are simple bins enough? Do you need larger containers to be placed outdoors specifically for paper, cardboard, bottles, metal, and so on? How about the transport of your recyclables? You can have a provider haul them for you, or you can haul them yourself if you have the equipment for it. If your recycling requirements are more substantial, you can also choose to have specially-built recycling machinery for your company, which can consist of anything from conveyors to picking stations to shredders and more.

 Use products which are designed to help the environment

Implementing a recycling programme wouldn’t be that effective if you continue to use products which are not environmentally safe or friendly or not recyclable at all. If you make it a point to choose products based on their environmental impact as well, you can help your own recycling efforts. Before you purchase products, ask yourself whether the product will last for a long time or whether it’s reusable, whether the product can be easily recycled, whether the product is able to help you conserve energy, and whether there is an alternative to the product which is friendlier to the environment.

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