Trying to drum up recycling enthusiasm at work can be a daunting task. Not only is it not so easy to simply dump barrels labeled "glass" "cans" and "cardboard" all over the office, but you may not know how to encourage your co-workers to recycle at work. Here are some tips to make starting your own recycling program at your job a little easier.
What Are The Best Recycling Containers At The Office?
Big, bulky barrels are probably not going to go over so well with corporate or your co-workers. You will need to come up with something that can act as a sanitary recycling containers without blocking people into their cubicles.
Cardboard boxes are an excellent choice for holding some, but not all, recycling materials, including:
- Documents and paperwork
- Other cardboard containers and boxes
- Plastic bottles
- Glass containers
Be sure to label each box clearly, and for those that will hold plastic bottles and glass containers that may have contained liquids, line the bottom of the boxes with plastic trash bags. Be sure to remove the boxes to a recycling center as often as possible to keep them out of the way and to keep things clean.
For aluminum cans, it's best to have some kind of plastic or waterproof container, such as a trash can or a large plastic tub. Again, empty the container as often as possible and rinse out any residual liquids.
How to Encourage Recycling At Work
If you want to encourage recycling for others, make it as easy as possible! People naturally follow the path of least resistance, so if possible, put the collection containers near the regular trash can. The further away the recycling containers are from where people normally dispose of trash, the less likely they are to go to the trouble to use them. Here are some more fun ideas:
- Put up flyers around the office about how many trees are saved each year by recycling cardboard
- Have an office savings account from the cashing in of aluminum cans, and have all of the employees get a free lunch from the "can fund"
- Set up a friendly competition with another office – see who can recycle the most and get rewards
Recycling is a great way to reduce the ecological footprint, and the workplace is a great place to bring awareness to others while helping those in your office give as well as receive.