Examples of Sustainable Business Practices-Business Recycling

Business Recycling

Recycling is an easy and impactful way to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of our communities. It reduces water use, improves water quality, saves energy, reduces consumption of natural resources, and reduces the amount of waste in landfills. For businesses this is important for supporting healthy consumers and suppliers, but in many communities it also saves them money due to free pick up. In this manner, by committing to recycling, your business is not only improving the efficiency of its operations, but also ensuring a sustainable supply stream.

Steps to Establishing A Recycling Program:

1. Make the commitment; decide to recycle as a business.

2. Find out what is accepted through your local recycling program with the help of Bluegrass Greensource.  Most programs accept cardboard, aluminum, phone books, and paper.

3. Identify which materials will be recycled.  Estimate how much of what your business is throwing away could be recycled.  One of the most accurate ways to do this is by conducting a waste audit. 

4. Work with Bluegrass Greensource to find out how your recycling will be serviced.  Services vary from curbside pick up to drop off stations.

5. Acquire recycling bins for indoors and outdoors.  Recycling bins should be located everywhere there are trash receptacles.  Make sure bins are clearly labeled and visible.

6. Communicate with all staff members about the recycling program.  Make sure all staff are aware of the recycling program and what materials are to be recycled.  Well-informed custodial staff are essential for the success of any recycling effort.  Trainings are an excellent way to promote the recycling program internally.

7. Designate someone to be the recycling coordinator. This peson will oversee the program, continually encourage and be a resource to coworkers, and monitor pick ups. Another option is to organize a green team.  Try to involve staff from different areas of your business.

8. Evaluate and monitor the program, considering the staff’s input.  Another waste audit could be done to evaluate progress.

9. Create a waste reduction plan.  Now that you have started recycling, you could find ways to reduce the amount of waste that is produced by your business, such as reusing items before recycling them.