A lot of companies still tend to send most of their waste to the landfill despite there being better ways to recycle and dispose of their waste. You as business owners have a huge say in how you want your company to dispose of your waste as most businesses don’t really consider this to be a priority.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that our average recycling rate is at 32.5% but what happens to the rest of the waste that is not recycled? The EPA has stated that 12.5% of that waste is incinerated while the remaining 55% which consists of 251 million tons of solid waste is simply deposited in landfills.
Here are 5 ways to promote recycling in your business:
- Better Incentives for Efficient Waste Management
Businesses that are leading by example in terms of efficient management should be rewarded for their efforts. Most businesses don’t have any incentives to motivate them to manage their waste in sustainable ways as they tend to see waste management as more of a burden than an opportunity.
- Penalties for Improper Waste Management
Businesses that manage their waste in an eco-friendly manner should be rewarded whereas others that don’t heed the law should be strictly penalized. Some companies that don’t follow the law can be motivated to follow the law through the heavy fines are damaging to their businesses.
- Publishing Case Studies to Raise Awareness
Businesses can find inspiration in other businesses which are leading by example in managing their waste. This can also lead to a healthy rivalry which can be depicted in case studies.
- Promoting the Benefits of Recycling
The building materials that we use are wrapped in several layers of packaging material are perfectly recyclable. Solid waste disposal experts engage in an uphill struggle to stop the virtual avalanche of garbage that is produced everyday as burying it is not the answer. Here are 5 reasons why you should recycle your waste materials:
- You can generate financial income by recycling. There is also the financial benefit for communities as there will be a reduced cost in waste disposal.
- Recycling is Energy Efficient as it leads to a huge reduction in our overall energy costs.
- Recycling builds community spirit as the rest of the population becomes environmentally conscious, bringing people who are working to promote recycling together.
- Recycling creates jobs.
- Recycling builds a stronger economy as fewer resources are used up.
- More Emphasis on Corporate Responsibility
There has to be an added emphasis on businesses to respect the law and shoulder their corporate responsibilities. Business owners need to take responsibility for the devastating impacts their businesses have on the environment. Devastating impacts which you need to witness on a firsthand basis.
Generating hazardous waste is bound to attract fines if you don’t follow the hazardous law waste disposal laws. With both the people and the federal government becoming more and more environmentally conscious every day, not heeding the law is bound to hurt you at some point.
Following the above tips will help you promote an eco-conscious work practice and environment in your business. Following a commitment to recycle for all businesses is a more than worthy cause that contributes to a more sustainable future.
Erich Lawson is passionate about saving environment by effective recycling. He has written a wide array of articles on how modern recycling equipments can be used by industries to reduce monthly garbage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment savings techniques by visiting Northern California Compactors, Inc blog