As cleaners, we deal with a lot of rubbish. Sometimes it’s the 4:00 am alarms, sometimes it’s a particularly tough stain on the carpet, but mostly it is rubbish in the most literal sense of the word. It has been estimated that office workers each produce 4 lbs of waste every day! Of this an estimated 70% could be recycled, but bad waste management means that very little actually is- costing UK industry £15 billion each year.
You might think that it is the cleaner’s responsibility to sort the rubbish and ensure that it is recycled, and whilst we do everything we can to separate clean recyclable waste it is often needlessly contaminated long before we enter the building.
So for National Recycling Day, we have come up with some tips on how to optimise your office’s recycling- and save some money!
- Install centralised recycling bins that everyone can use- this will reduce the contamination of recyclable materials in individual bins
- Put desktop cardboard boxes on desks- they don’t take up much room and make it easier to collect paper separately
- Have a specific food waste bin in the kitchen so scraps can be composted- when food decomposes in landfills it does not get enough oxygen so ends up releasing greenhouse gases
- Invest in good communal drinks- whilst this may seem like an extravagance it would prevent staff spending money at coffee shops and reduce the amount of single-use cups you have to pay to dispose of.
- Monitor printing activity and regulate how much an individual is entitled to print. Having recycling bins near to printers for those sheets that come out wrong can also help encourage better practices.
And finally, make sure your cleaners are disposing of waste appropriately. If you have recycling bins in the offices but only one bin outside the building, your efforts are futile. If you have the proper bins but your cleaners are being rushed by your contractor so have no time to separate what they put where, your efforts are futile. Finally, if your cleaners are not properly trained by their employers in what can be recycled and how, your efforts are futile.
We are proud at Ikon to offer excellent training in best recycling practice, because we care about yours and our environmental impact.
We really mean it when we say ‘an environment to be proud of’.
Get in contact today to see how we could help your company recycle smartly