Tip #1 – Educate:
While most people already know the benefits of recycling, it’s important that your employees are aware that a recycling program is an active part of your company. Here are some common ways for you to do so:
- Hold a meeting informing your employees about your recycling program. Make sure they are aware of the consequences of not following the program, both for your office and for the greater community.
- Provide resources such as pamphlets, website links or books on recycling and the green initiative.
- Create permanent signage to hang around the office that will encourage recycling and educate employees to recycle and conserve resources. Permanent reminders such as signage will help establish recycling as an integral part of the company culture.
Tip #2 – Lead by Example:
Lead by example by outfitting your office with “green” technology.
- Switch out traditional fluorescent lights with LED lights.
- Purchase pre-owned office furniture, instead of new furniture to reduce waste.
- Participate in ride shares or carpooling opportunities.
- Use recycled paper; encourage a “paper-free” office.
Tip #3 – Keep Track & Provide Incentives:
Help your employees get into the spirit of recycling by offering them incentives for identifying issues within your company or resources used in your office that could benefit from a “green” makeover. Employees that show initiative or actively participate in the recycling program should be given an incentive for their efforts.
Incentives don’t need to be large or expensive. Often an acknowledgment of appreciation or gift certificate should suffice. The main purpose of an incentive program is to keep track, maintain and grow your recycling program.