Monday, April 14, 2014

Starting a Recycling Programme at Work

If your company or organization already has a recycling programme, that’s good and you can recycle at work. If not, and you want to start one, just follow these 6 simple steps to minimise waste and start recycling at work.
1. Get Commitment and Form a Team. Highlight the benefits of waste minimisation and recycling to your management and colleagues, and get their commitment and support. Form a team to be in-charge of the waste minimisation and recycling programme, and ensure that resources are allocated to implement the programme.
2. Conduct a Waste Audit. A waste audit involves finding out the type and quantity of waste generated, and how the waste are generated and disposed. This audit would help you to identify the problems and opportunities for waste reduction. Learn how to conduct a waste audit.
3. Minimise Waste Through Reduce and Reuse. Based on the waste audit, identify the major waste types and find ways to minimise the waste generation. Reduce them at the source of generation or divert them from disposal through reuse. Refer to our Reduce and Reuse categories for ideas.
4. Set Up a Recycling Programme. After your waste minimisation efforts, identify the remaining waste that can be recycled. Find a recycling contractor to provide recycling bins and collection services. First, you can approach your current waste contractor and check whether they can provide recycling services.
For commercial buildings and industrial estates with recycling programmes, recycling bins or skips are usually placed at certain locations and the recyclables are collected by the recycling contractor. To find a recycling collector or someone who wants your waste, check out NEA’s list of collectors and traders.
5. Educate Staff on How to Recycle. Educate staff on the new recycling programme – the location of recycling bins, what can be recycled, and where the recyclables end up. The education could be conducted through events, talks and through posters.
6. Review and Improve. Gather feedback about the recycling programme from the staff and conduct checks on the recycling bins to ensure that the correct items are recycled. Monitor the amount of waste generated and recycled. Adjust and improve the recycling programme if necessary.

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