Does your company have a lot of recyclable goods that need to be sent out at least monthly? Many states have policies for only accepting certain types of garbage, and policies over whether or not to pick up your trash can get more strict at the local level. To stay under regulations, reduce garbage-related costs, and maybe make a bit of money back in the process, consider a few of these business recycling planning points:
Separation Of Plastic And Steak
The most basic recycling plan means having separate garbage containers for specific recyclable materials. At the very least, plastics, paper, and metals shouldn't share the same trash can with company cafeteria food. They're not going to the same place, and separating the garbage before deposit is much easier than separating after. The difference also affects your recycling payout.
In cafeteria areas or places where employees are allowed to bring food, make sure that recycling containers are clearly marked. Employees need to be trained on proper container use, as some people will either not think or not care about the recycling program if it isn't designated as a business goal. Very few people will maliciously throw steak bones and gristle into the plastics container if you've given sufficient training and warning.
Metal Recycling With And Without Dismantling
If you need to get rid of old computers, copiers, displays, speakers, or even larger machinery, you should establish an entirely separate recycling route.
This route needs to go to a specific recycling container for metals and/or electronic devices and must be clearly marked. The container should come from a dumpster rental company and can be paired with a recycling service from a third-party company if your local government trash pickup service doesn't handle delivery to recycling centers.
Devices containing metal can be heavy. Even lighter, basic desktop computers can become a back strain if workers need to leave the building and hoist the computer over the lip of a dumpster. It gets even more problematic if stairs are involved, and both situations can end up with workers compensation claims.
To reduce the potential for workplace injury, make sure that any major removal tasks are done on an announced day so that other employees get out of the way. Workplace politics can get complicated and some egos may feel the need to treat people carrying equipment poorly, so make sure that eyes are on the movers and that the movers have some (at least temporary) protection from the rest of business traffic.
You can reduce the weight of recyclable devices by breaking them down into smaller pieces, but you may need to ask specific workers with efficient dismantling skills or hire third-party technicians to perform the dismantling.
Make sure that the cost of dismantling isn't eating up your recycling earnings. Check the daily-changing recycling rates for the metals and materials that you're recycling and compare them against your recycling plan's costs.
It could be cheaper to just recycle whole units unless there is a spike in a specific material that isn't considered when recycling the whole device. Do not assume that having small amounts of gold or platinum (as is the case with computers) is grounds for dismantling alone; these materials are usually part of the equation, and you can always ask to see how the recycling center calculates whole unit rates.
Contact a dumpster rental company like Contractors Disposal Inc to get the containers you need and to discuss other disposal/recycling planning points.