1000 Flowers for the Planet - #619 Set Up Office Recycling
Many of us recycle at home as a matter of course – the council provides us with recycling collections so we use them. But it’s surprising how many offices don’t take the simplest of recycling actions. There are a few things you can do to get this started at your place of employment. Always make sure the admin areas have boxes to collect waste paper for recycling and ensure it goes into the correct collection bin. Add some other recycling methods to the staff kitchen or canteen area – have two bins, each labelled, one with the word ‘recycling’ and the other with the word ‘landfill’. These visuals will help people associate their actions with a consequence and improve their behaviour. See if someone is interested in taking home (appropriate) food scraps to add to their compost or feed their chickens.
You could even take office recycling further by having different people be responsible for different types of recycling collections. Someone could be responsible for ensuring batteries are taken to the correct recycling drop off point instead of going in the bin and subsequently to landfill where they can do a lot of toxic damage to the environment. Someone else could be responsible for soft plastics, or packaging waste, or metal waste, or whatever your company produces – have a brain storming session to see how you can collectively help the environment, then be sure to put your plans in action.