Most people recycle in their homes, but by extending your actions to the office, you could be making an even greater impact. There are numerous benefits of recycling, both for your business and the environment. Plus, recycling programs are very easy to implement; through just a little effort, you can make a big difference. There is really no reason not to recycle.
Reduced waste means reduced costs. In fact, if you take metal for rebate, you could even make money where you normally lose it.
Protect the Environment
Recycling reduces 10 major types of air pollutants and eight categories of water pollutants. For every ton of paper your recycle, you save 7000 gallons of water and 17 trees, reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Recycling also decreases the strain on landfills. This is particular important for materials such as office electronics, which contain toxins that could otherwise contaminate groundwater, affecting the health of your local community.
Saving energy is beneficial on both a financial and environmental level. Take the example of aluminum cans: creating a can made from recycled material requires less than 5 percent of the energy needed to create one from fresh bauxite ore, according to the Office of Waste Management. To put this into perspective, these energy savings are around the same amount needed to power a television for three hours.
Less Need for Strip Mining
Many types of electronic equipment contain precious metals and other useful materials in their circuit boards and power supplies. By recycling things like old computers, you can reduce the need for environmentally damaging strip mining.
The recycling industry requires a far greater workforce than waste management. In California, for example, for every job in recycling collection, eight are created for manufacturing the recovered materials, reports Stanford University.
Improved Company Image
Consumers love to know that the companies they buy from are responsible; advertising your recycling efforts may even increase customer loyalty. Recycling can also improve your image with employees — seeing an effort being made in the office can boost morale, lower staff turnover, and increase individuals’ efforts at home.
Starting an office recycling program will allow you to take full advantages of the benefits of recycling. Contact us at Waste Wise Products Inc. for recycling bins and site furnishings that will encourage your employees to recycle, while adding to the aesthetics of your office.
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It’s great to know that recycling metal scraps from office electronics is very beneficial to the environment because it contains toxins that can harm nature. I’ll let my dad know because he plans to dispose all his previous printers and laptops. As an environmental advocate, this makes me happy because we’ll be able to lessen our junk that’ll affect the environment and help small businesses who recycle metals to earn.
It’s amazing to learn that the recycling industry creates and provides more jobs than that of traditional waste and trash services. I’ve been trying to find more ways to live sustainably and environmentally conscious lately. I think it would probably be really helpful if bigger or waste-heavy companies chose to recycle, too.
I liked that you said that one reason to consider recycling is that it will conserve energy and help the environment. I have been trying to find ways to help the environment but I haven’t been sure how I could do my part. I will be sure to consider recycling in order to achieve this goal and make the earth a healthier place.
I’m so glad that recycling leads to monetary savings for my company. I think I’ll take our recyclables to a drop-off recycling facility so we can improve our company image. Since we’ll be able to save energy as well, it will help us a lot.
It would be really nice to have a recycling garbage bin for an office. It would help the environment by reducing 10 of the major types of air pollutants. If I were a business owner then I would want people to know that we would recycle to help save the environment.
I liked how you pointed out that recycling has a numerous host of environmental benefits that come from proper recycling. I especially appreciated how you took the time to mention that recycling significantly reduces air and water pollution. To me, this would be enough of a benefit by itself to get me to recycle more.
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Wow, it’s interesting that you mentioned that for every job in recycling collection, eight are created for manufacturing the recovered materials. That’s great! My kids asked me why we recycle, and I simply told them it’s good for the environment. I then started to wonder what other benefits recycling might have. Thanks for the information-I learned a lot!
Personally, I think that it is more efficient to recycle and use recycled materials. I didn’t even know that there were effects as dramatic as the article states.
Wow, I didn’t realize there were so many benefits that came from recycling in the workplace. I like how you point out that not only does it protect the environment, but it also helps the image of the company. I imagine that it would also help employees feel like they were making a difference, and take pride in working for a company that cares about the earth.