By Jan Gamm
Waste recycling has become big business for those who have recognised the advantages of adopting waste recycling policies in their offices and factories.
So how can offices recycle waste? What can be recycled? The fact is that in offices, most of the waste can be recycled in one way or another. Waste paper should always be recycled, which means making inroads into the cleaning contractors' policies of emptying waste paper buckets. It also means putting a strict policy in place for employees to ensure that no plastic sandwich packaging is added to the waste paper bin and no waste food from lunch is put into the paper waste either.
Inkjet cartridges may be recycled and also it is a good idea to place a cell phone recycling policy at the front desk and a drop zone for those who wish to dispose of their old cell phones. Always buy reconditioned office equipment such as telephone handsets and cell phones; headsets; computer keyboards; paper products. The green policy should start with the CEO's office and work on down through management level, finally ending on the factory floor where production materials may be categorized and recycled accordingly.
When putting a recycling process in place, always consult a professional waste disposal and recycling expert who will advise on how to separate waste and especially on how to treat potentially dangerous waste such as batteries; oil; acids etc. Most dangerous wastes are controlled items which must be disposed of professionally.
For companies who dispose of waste responsibly, there are a number of rewards; good public relations being one of them. Local newspapers and specialist publications are always ready to include a free item on green issues. Government contracts are always prioritized for companies with an efficient eco friendly policy in place. And why not do something for the environment while you are busy earning profits? Why not let the environment earn you something in exchange by creating a market for your used raw materials? Recycling is both green and cash friendly.
Companies that have become entitled to include eco friendly credentials in their business profile benefit by improving their reputation within the community and being able to promote their brand as an environmentally sympathetic product. A green policy goes a long way to building new relationships with clients and can often be the deal breaker that provides the edge on the competition.
In the near future, it will become more and more difficult to function successfully without an established and efficient waste disposal and recycling process. Businesses that specialise in manufacturing from raw materials and have a substantial waste problem can restructure profitability by consulting a waste management expert for advice on how to turn around recyclable waste, making savings in both cash and space.
Making the environment a priority need not be without its advantages. Making the right decisions on waste and recycling in liaison with a professional waste disposal company can lead to substantial savings and better productivity.
The article on Innovative Waste Recycling for Businesses is part of Waste 1 Disposal Services Inc's continuing series of articles on waste disposal and recycling.
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