Recycling; you know you should do more of it in business, but are you making the effort?
With the cost of recycling bins, and the effort it takes to sort through your waste, chances are, you might be more than a little lax in this area of your social responsibility. However, recycle you must, because there are some obvious and less than obvious benefits when doing so.
#1: You will do your bit to save the planet
Okay, so here’s the obvious benefit, as by reducing the waste that gets thrown onto your local landfill, you will also be reducing your carbon footprint. So, discard your recyclable materials into the relevant containers, be that on your business premises or at your local recycling center, or consider reusing such things as plastic bottles and metal containers for use within your business. We discuss this further in our article on how to be environmentally friendly in business, so have a read, and consider each of the other world-saving steps we suggest.
#2: You can make savings
Recycling your waste is cheaper than sending it to the landfill, so this is an excellent way to make savings in your business. Know too that recycled products are also cheaper to buy, so when purchasing anything for your business, be that paper and ink cartridges for your office, or metal and wood briquettes for manufacturing and production purposes, use those suppliers who have made an effort to showcase their green credentials. Not only will you be doing yourself a favor, but you will also be profiting those companies who are making an effort to save the planet, instead of encouraging and profiting their less ethical competitors in business.
#3: You will improve staff morale
According to this article, 80% of workers in employment surveys highlighted the importance of working for a company that made caring for the environment a top priority. So, imagine the morale of your employees then when you start to get serious about recycling. By providing the relevant bins in your business premises, they will have the means to recycle everything, from plastic bottles and food tins they use for lunch and break purposes, to any other materials that are used in your manufacturing and packing processes. With a happier outlook at work, you should then start to see a boost in your employees’ productivity.
#4: You can make money from your recycled materials
Are you looking to boost your business finances? Sure you are; give us the name of any business owner who isn’t! Therefore, look for those companies who will pay you for your recyclable materials, and then put those extra profits to good use in your business. A quick Google search will give you the heads up on the relevant paying companies in your local area, but for some general guidelines, there is some useful advice here on what types of items you can recycle, and where you might sell them.
What further incentive do you need to start a recycling program within your business? You will save the world and save money. You will also make a profit by selling your goods and giving your employees the impetus to work harder! Today then, if you haven’t done so already, get serious about recycling and start to improve your business.