How to measure recycling in business.
When you begin a new business, there's a lot to consider. Costs, staff, your product, shipping the list is near endless. But, have you considered the environment, not just your business environment, but the effect your business will have on the earth. It may not be your primary concern, but the rise of the eco-conscious consumer means you need to put green policy at the heart of your business.
Maybe you have adopted green policies, you have a head full of eco-plans, but how will you measure your successes?
At ReGen Waste, we're focused on helping businesses and councils improve how they manage waste. We have some smart tips on how you can measure your environmental efforts and strive for a greener business.
How much are you recycling at work?
The most straightforward way to measure your recycling efforts is by volume. This does not involve scales in the office and a messy process. Find out the capacity of your bins and remember to exclude the amount of waste going to landfill. If you leave waste at a local collection centre, measure how many bags you are moving each week.
It's vital that you are aware of all the recyclable materials that the local council accepts. You do not want to discover that you are sending more to landfill than you ought to. Also, check that you have all the available bins to maximise glass, plastic and paper recycling.
Is your business energy efficient?
It's not just about the waste you see, leaving your business, electrical waste is also a huge metric. As well as the negative impact on the environment, electrical and heating waste can be costly. If you are taking on old premises, you should assess the lighting, heating and electrical systems.
Take a reading of the electric meter on arrival and if possible, see previous bills. Some letting agents will provide energy efficiency ratings for their properties. Your energy rating will act as your baseline as you try to reduce wastage and costs.
How to make your business known for recycling.
Your green efforts should not be limited to your workspace. By getting involved with environmental groups, you can educate your staff and improve how you address waste. Sponsoring green events can also raise awareness of your business and help improve the local environment.
If you can compensate employees for time spent on green projects or for their activity in the community, it will raise morale no end. Some employers encourage activities like gardening, not just to improve the environment but also to improve mental wellbeing in the workplace. So, next time you're selecting a team day out, consider going green. The most significant measure of these activities are the hours devoted to projects and the returns in job satisfaction.
Remember, we're always offering advice online via our social channels and blogs. If you would like more info regarding the work at ReGen Waste or want help with a comprehensive waste strategy, contact us now.