How to Increase Employee Recycling at Your Business
Recycling can be a great way to help the planet and reduce waste, but getting employees on board with a recycling program isn't always easy. Fortunately, there are some easy things you can do to help get employees interested in a program for recycling and to keep them on track once they get started.
The first step to increasing participation in your company's recycling program is to increase awareness for it. If employees don't realize they have the opportunity to recycle, you're not going to get very far. It's not always enough to simply place recycling bins in the lunch room. A good way to let employees know about the program is to bring it up at a company meeting or send out an email reminder. You could also incorporate a note on the recycling program into training sessions for new employees.
Make it a Part of the Company Culture
Awareness matters, but it's not the only issue that has to be considered. By making recycling a part of the company's culture, your business has the opportunity to get every employee involved and keep them recycling as a part of the work they do and the way they interact with their co-workers. The more your employees see recycling as a behavior that's expected of them, the more likely they will be to participate in the program. It's like peer pressure for a good cause.
Place Containers in the Right Place
The recycling containers you have in your company should be right next to the regular trash containers. That makes it easy for employees to choose to put something in the recycling bins rather than in the trash. If they find a trash container but there's no recycling container nearby, they might just decide to throw the item away, instead of taking the time to hunt down a place to recycle it. That can hurt your business' commercial recycling efforts, which is something you want to avoid. Having those containers right beside each other also helps reduce the chances that an employee will throw trash into a recycle container.
Use Colors and Pictures for Clarity
Recycling bins and trash cans should be different colors, so it's easy to tell which container is which. Additionally, it's a good idea to include pictures on the receptacles. This makes it clear which items go in which container, and can help reduce the chances that items eligible for recycling will be thrown away, or that trash will end up in a recycle container. Honest mistakes and accidents can happen, but having pictures and colors can help reduce the chances that they will become a common occurrence at your company.
Call us at Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC, for more information on how we can help your business create or improve upon an employee recycling program!