Is your company interested to reduce waste and implement a recycling programme? Are you looking for tips to start recycling in your company? This article will show you 6 steps to minimise waste and start recycling at your workplace.
First, you would need to form a team and get commitment from your top management and colleagues. Conduct a waste audit and find ways to minimise waste through reduce and reuse. Next, start a recycling programme and educate your staff on how to recycle. Finally, remember to gather feedback, review and improve your recycling programme.
1. Get Commitment and Form a Team
Highlight the benefits of waste minimisation and recycling to your top 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.
You can conduct a simple waste audit by:
- Sorting the waste in the waste bins to find out the waste type and quantity
- Checking the material purchasing records and waste disposal records to learn where the waste comes from and where it ends up
- Walking around the site and checking with your staff to identify where and how the waste are generated
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.
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. You can first 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 open-top containers are usually placed at certain locations and the recyclables are collected by the recycling contractor for a fee.
To find a recycling collector or someone who wants your waste, you can use the online business waste exchange for Singapore, Waste is not Waste, which connects businesses and organisations that generate waste materials with those who want the materials, thus helping both parties save time and money while helping the environment.
You can also find a list of recycling collectors from NEA’s website.
5. Educate Staff on How to Recycle
Educate your 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 your 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.
If You Need Help
Zero Waste Singapore provides consultancy services to help companies and organisations introduce an effective and sustainable recycling programme in their office or facility. The scope of the recycling programme includes:
- Conduct a waste audit to establish baseline
- Source for recycling collectors and bins
- Educate staff on waste minimisation and recycling programme
- Monitor and review the programme
What are your thoughts? Do you have experience in implementing a recycling programme in your office? Please leave your comments in the box below.