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How To Start A Recycling Program For A Small Business | Never Waste A Moment | #NWAM Episode 30

How To Start A Recycling Program For A Small Business | Never Waste A Moment | #NWAM Episode 30

Hi I’m Hugh. Hi I’m Antonia and I’m
Christina from CleanRiver. Uou’ve been tasked to start a recycling program and
you don’t know where to start: here’s how! You’ve been tasked to start a recycling
program in a small business and the first thing you want to do is a simple
waste audit. Collect the waste over a period of three days, we would recommend Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday midweek. Make sure you use clear bags and as you empty
each bag from the bin you want to write on the bag the location in your facility
you’re collecting it from, the type of bin. Is it a waste bin or recycling bin?
And the day of the week you’re collecting it. Once you have all those
bags collected now is where the fun begins. We’re not expecting you to tear
the bags apart and to sort all the smelly pieces. What you would do is put all the bags in one place. You want to weigh each bag and you want to record on a
spreadsheet the weight of each bag and wearing the facility those bags
were collected from. Then you want to do a visual inspection of what’s in each
bag. So you would record on a spreadsheet what percentage is paper, what percentage is cans and bottles, what percentages is waste and potentially what percentage is
compost as well. Now congratulations you have your baseline date. So your second
step is to determine what you’re actually going to collect in your
recycling program. If you’re a small business you either have your waste
collected by a waste hauler or maybe you use municipal collection. Here at CleanRiver we actually have municipal collection. For small
businesses often paper or pop cans are a really easy thing to start with, with
your recycling program. Also check with your municipality or your waste hauler whether they collect organic waste. This is another really good opportunity
to reduce the amount of waste or sending to landfill by setting up a composting
program. So now it’s time to choose your bins. Select the capacity of your bins based
on the amount of waste you’re generating throughout your facility which was
determined from your initial audit. Then you should decide if you’re
gonna do centralized recycling or your’re going to do individual bins per employee.
At CleanRIver we use a centralized recycling system, so every employee has
two mini bins at their desk and we’re each responsible for sorting our own waste
in the central bin. When employees sort their own waste they become more
familiar with what type of waste of producing and they make better choices
when tossing it in the right stream. Be sure to place your centralized recycling
stations in high-traffic areas like meeting rooms and cafeterias. At CleanRiver we recommend one central recycling area per 50 employees. For more help in
choosing your bins check out our blog 5 Pro Tips For Ordering Your Recycling
Bins. Clear graphics or signage are critical to the success of your recycling program.
It helps people make the right choice and know which container to put their
garbage in. We recommend that you use around 3 to 5 images per stream. The
signage can either be on the bin or above the bin on the wall. Anywhere where someone sees it as they’re approaching the bin. Try to keep the colors of your
signage consistent with your region or city. People then become more familiar
with the program and know exactly where to toss their waste. If you need help with
your recycling signage go to our website to the ebook section and download our
free Guide To Recycling Graphics. Now it’s time to think through your
communication plan. You want to make sure that you train and you communicate the
benefits the program to everyone involved. You do that by creating posters,
through email and through team meetings. You want to audit your program as you
roll it out and tweak the program where it makes sense and you want to recognize
and communicate the results and successes that you achieve. For assistance getting
your recycling program going for small businesses please check out our website
at or give us a call. And remember recycling doesn’t have to be a pain. Any recycling program is better than no
recycling program. you

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