Landfills are the largest source of human-caused methane gas, which is 21 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Not to mention, the EPA has admitted all landfill liners will eventually leak and contaminate groundwater. By recycling as often as possible, we can help cut down on landfills, prevent pollution, and improve our environment. One of the easiest places to start implementing recycling is at your business — the average office worker in the US will use 10,000 sheets of paper a year and 45% of all office paper used ends up in the trash. That’s why we’re sharing three benefits to implementing a recycling program at your business.
Recycling saves money by reducing waste collection costs.
Not only can recycling benefit the environment, it can help benefit your bottom line. If your office is trashing paper, glass, and plastic, it’s probably all going into trash dumpsters that have to be emptied on a regular basis by some sort of waste management system. Not only does less waste mean a smaller waste management fee, but recycling haulers generally charge less than trash haulers.
Recycling is good for CSR and PR.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a corporation’s initiatives to take responsibility for the company’s effects on environmental and social well being. CSR is becoming more and more important for businesses of all sizes, and incorporating recycling into your office’s routine is a great, easy way to play up your corporate citizenship. CSR and corporate citizenship play directly into retaining a good brand image and reputation, which are both aspects of public relations (PR). Consumers like doing business with businesses and corporations they believe in, and recycling shows your explicit commitment to the bettering of your community.
Recycling leads to happier employees.
Although it might seem small to some, employee morale within an office is extremely important. Happy employees are 12% more productive at work, but that’s not all. Happy employees tend to be better leaders, take less sick days, and are less likely to experience burnout. But how does recycling play into employee happiness? Nielson recently conducted a study that found 67% of respondents think CSR is essential or a strong preference when it comes to making a decision on an employer. CSR helps to give employees a purpose beyond what they’re in the office doing day in and day out.
L-S Industries can help you start recycling today.
If your office hasn’t started recycling yet, it’s not too late. L-S Industries offers a wide range of options to fit any recycling bin needs. Our recycling bins are lightweight, durable, cost-effective, and available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Contact us to find out how we can help your office start recycling today.