Recycling At The Workplace – A Closer Look At The Benefits And Best Practices

20 Jul

In a previous article, we looked at some of the tips you can use to seamlessly integrate a recycling plan or scheme into your business. In that article, we mentioned that informing your staff and team of recycling’s benefits can help increase their participation. In light of that, let’s take a look at the biggest environmental and business advantages brought by recycling (plus a few tips). Who knows, these may just be what you need to convince your employees to join the Green movement!

Environmental Benefits Of Recycling At The Workplace

  • As you may already know, materials that are collected for recycling are used for manufacturing new products…and this is HUGE. You see, the cocktail of waste contained in a landfill can generate harmful greenhouse gasses in alarming amounts. Take a look at methane as an example. As far as potency as a greenhouse gas goes, its 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. When you reduce the waste that goes to the landfills through recycling, you also minimize the production of harmful greenhouse gasses.
  • Manufacturing new products from recycled ‘mats’ is a lot more energy efficient compared to manufacturing new products using virgin materials and resources. Just take aluminum as an example. Compared to extracting and processing bauxite ore to aluminum, recycling aluminum to generate new aluminum cans require 95% less energy. As we are all aware of, energy production requires financial support. By reducing the energy we consume for production or manufacturing, we also save in the process!
  • Recycling also minimizes the amount of carbon dioxide dumped into the atmosphere. Going back to our example earlier, recycling about a ton aluminum reduces the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere by 7 tons. To give you an idea of what damage a ton of CO2 can do to the environment, let’s just say its equivalent to 4506 kilometers of continuous driving!

 

A Look At The Business Benefits

Recycling helps you comply with waste management rules and regulations placed by the local council. Today, businesses have added legal obligations and responsibilities concerning waste.

Some industries even have  a legal responsibility for removing or disposing their waste like packaging materials; electronic gadgets; vehicles, etc. By using a solid and reliable recycling scheme, its easier for companies to take on better waste management practices and stay in line with the regulations in place. Moreover, this prepares businesses for possible changes in the rules and regulations.

Failing to manage the environmental risks and wastes produced by your organization can be detrimental not only to the environment but to your business as well. Aside from being prosecuted and fined for the mistake, your business’ reputation could be tarnished. Also, since you need to adjust to comply with the local council’s rules, it’s very likely that you’ll also experience disruption to your business.

That’s just the preventive benefit of recycling if you will. To add to that, it also helps you save money and increase your business’ income. Through better waste management techniques, you can minimize your expenses for waste management and handling. It also reduces the amount of money you spend on getting virgin materials and goods. And last but not the least, reducing the waste you dump into landfills also reduces the amount of tax your business has to pay.

What’s nice about these savings and financial benefits is that they don’t require capital investment. If they do, the amount of money and adjustment required is very little and very worth it. Not to mention the savings brought by recycling aren’t ‘one-hit wonders’ – they’ll continue to save you money every single year. According to statistics, businesses and industries in the UK can reduce their expenses by as much as 4% by simply using waste minimization techniques like recycling.

And like icing on top of a cake, adopting a good recycling scheme improves your reputation. More and more investors, customers, employees, etc. are becoming aware of a business’ environmental responsibilities. By taking up a good recycling plan, you show that, like them, you are aware of your obligations as a business and that you do care about the environment. It does great things for your reputation and can help you win new customers and contracts.

Solid Recycling Tips And Best Practices For Business

There’s no doubt about it” Recycling is one of the most effective waste management option for businesses. Like reducing and reusing waste, it benefits your business and the environment greatly as you get to reduces the waste you send to landfills and minimizes the need to extract virgin materials. Having said that, here’s something baffling: Only 7.5% of all office and commercial waste is recycled. And when you realize that about 70% of commercial waste can be recycled, we just have to ask: “What are we doing with the other 63%? How can we increase the amount of waste we recycle?” Here are a few tips and best practices to keep in mind:

  • As much as possible, buy office products that can be recycled. Not all materials or products are recyclable. But if you do have the option to use a recyclable product, go for it!
  • Efficient waste segregation can increase the amount of waste you recycle. Start by properly labeling your trash bins or containers. Make it clear to your staff or employees where to throw recyclable materials and where to dispose regular waste.
  • Take a look at the costs of recycling. Even if you already send your waste for disposal (not really helpful to the environment) or for energy recovery, it’s very likely that you’ll find recycling to be a lot more cost-effective. By having concrete figures and benefits at hand, it’s a lot easier to get others including the upper management involved in the recycling movement.
  • So you have high-quality, recyclable materials? Sell them! Construction materials, for one, are some of the most widely used recyclable materials you can find. Compost, wood, textiles, metal, paper, etc. also fall under this category. It could deliver a significant income boost to your business depending on how much waste you produce.
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Recycling Common Household Items Into Home Décor

14 Jul

What? You are yet to recycle at home?

Maybe you already know the benefits of recycling – how it minimizes the waste in our environment; how recycling preserves space in landfilles; how it creates jobs for the unemployed; how it conserves our resources, etc. But, perhaps you’re not quite sure where and how exactly to begin.

Well, worry not. In this quick guide, you’ll see the most common household items that you can recycle and repurpose as home décor:

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Drink Cartons And Cardboard: Cardboards and cartons are two of the most common household wastes. A quick look around your home is almost guaranteed to net you a dozen or so cardboard products. Instead of throwing these away, you can turn drink cartons and cardboard into baskets. Or if you want something easier, you can repurpose them as pencil or pen holders with a bit of tinkering.

Old Clothes, T-Shirts, Sweaters, etc. – Buying throw pillows can be kind of expensive. But the good news is you don’t have to. You can easily create a pillow from your old t-shirts, sweaters, polo-shirts, etc. It’s an excellent crafting project to try – it makes your sofa or couch a lot more comfortable; adds a chic appeal since you can have pillows of different sizes and shapes; and lastly, you get to save money!

Old Pictures And Used Greeting Cards: Maybe you’re performing a general house cleaning when you stumbled upon a box full of old photos and greeting cards. It might be tempting to get rid of those Christmas, birthday, or Valentine’s cards, but don’t. You can use those to add a personal touch to your home. One of the simplest and cheapest ways you can do is to repurpose them as place mats. You can do this no matter what cards or photos you have. You’ll find that many greeting and congratulatory cards have many beautiful images that deserve to be displayed rather than thrown.

Old Boots: So you outgrew your pair of boots? Perhaps you’ve decided to replace your pair after years of wear and tear? Whichever the case, those old boots that have been with you through thick and thin can be recycled effectively. Use them as planters (inside or outside of the house). Not only do you get to recycle your boots, you also help make the air around your home a tad fresher and healthier!

Old Wine Bottles: You may not realize it yet, but wine bottles are often pieces of art themselves. So after you’ve the wine, consider recycling the bottle. You can use the corks and create a corkboard out of them. Moreover, you can even find kits that lets you turn any bottle into a fancy lamp.

For lots of DIY at home craft ideas we reccomend: This Pinterest page, it has hundereds!

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Recycling At The Workplace – Things To Consider

11 Jul

Recycling At The Workplace – Things To Consider

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In a previous article I’ve written, we took a look at the several places or locations where recycling is a must. In this article, we’ll have a closer look at recycling at the workplace, and more specifically, at the factors and details you should always consider before signing up for a recycling service or contract.

Examine The Service Contract Thoroughly: Before you sign up for a recycling scheme, have a close look at the service contract first – paying attention on the contract period, the service details, and service level agreements especially. You want to know things like the scheme’s collection frequency; if they supply the trash bins; and more. Also, you want to ensure that you have flexibility. You want to have the opportunity to negotiate the details of the contract and collection frequency when necessary.

Check The Recycling Service’s Logistics: You want a company that takes the time to look at your premises. This is important as it allows them to review your needs; identify the items to recycle; determine a collection frequency that works for you; and see if there will be any issues regarding trash collection. This initial review will help you and your waste management company pinpoint the exact service that your business or company needs.

Recycling Containers And Their Location: It’s very important that you consider the location of your external and internal recycling containers. Having these strategically placed throughout your premises makes it easier to capture the recyclable materials while minimizing waste and risk of contamination.

Now, don’t just leave it to your waste management company to figure this out. You can help them by pointing them in the right direction – the places where recyclable materials will come from. It can be from the pantry; the kitchen; the operations area of your office, etc. Since its your premises, you’ll have a better idea regarding this.

Furthermore, you should also consider health and safety issues that could arise due to the containers’ placement. Not to mention it also plays a huge role on the collection process. A well-placed recycling bin or container makes collection and capturing of recyclable materials easier.

Look Into The Waste Collection Scheme: This depends on the service provided. If you like, you can have two different waste management companies – one collecting general waste while the other busies itself collecting recyclable waste. Whichever route you take, it’s important to get your business and key staff involved in the process. Your maintenance and cleaning team and everyone else has to be coordinated enough to meet the requirements by the recycling company. One way to ensure that the segregation and collection of waste materials is efficient is to properly label the recycling containers and trash bins.

Get The Whole Company Involved And Trained: As mentioned earlier, for a recycling scheme to work, it has to be supported by the whole team. Here are some pointers to keep in mind: Your staff will be a lot more receptive to a recycling scheme that’s easy and convenient to them.

At first, your staff may not be aware of the benefits of a solid, reliable recycling scheme. In light of that, you should brief and train your staff as to the benefits of the waste management service. Inform them of the types of materials that has to be recycled and where they should be taken for collection. It also helps to give them a clearer idea of what recycling is about and its advantages to the company and to them specifically.

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Grab Hire Vs Skips – Which Is Better For Your Environment And Your Pocket?

05 Jul

So you belong to the commercial sector and you’re undertaking a huge project? Well, there’s a lot to think about. You need to carry out the project while sticking to the budget; find the right people to get the job done; gather the best resources for the project; and then there’s the question of what to do and where to take the massive amount of waste that your project produces.

For others, they switch to skip hire to manage and remove their waste. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, skips have been a mainstay in the waste management industry for good reason. They can hold a lot of waste; keep them nicely contained; and more. Having said that, more and moer people are switching to grab lorries for recycling, waste management, and removal. If you’re torn between these two viable options, read on for a comparison. See if a grab hire or a skip works better for your business or project.

Preparation And Space Needed: For skips to work, they need quite a significant amount of space on the ground. In residential and some commercial areas, this isn’t always available. And if you do have the space, you need a permit from your local council before you could station a skip near you. And of course, throughout the project or contract, your skip should adhere to strict regulations. This involves its positioning; the waste and materials it contains; and more. It can be quite a hassle.

Unlike skips, Grab lorries completely eliminate this problem. Grabs only have to be present when you need them. Plus, the fact that grab lorries don’t have to stay in your place for too long significantly reduces the risk of contaminants and pollutants finding its way into your environment.

Types Of Waste Removed: Skips can handle various types of waste. However, when it comes to hardcore waste removal or handling hazardous waste, skips are lacking. Grab lorries, on the contrary, can handle just about any type of waste. If you need a quick muck away; general waste removal; get rid of soil and the like, grab lorries are a lot more reliable.

Moreover, since grab lorries are usually equipped with mini-diggers, removal and collection of waste – big or small – is a lot easier. The convenience that this provides makes grab hire services a lot more popular in a commercial setting – from small business clearances to site excavations and more.

Waste-Carrying Capacity: Skips hold a lot of waste, and they work quite well on residential clients. Having said that, even the most spacious skips out there might not be enough to hold all of your waste. This could be true especially if you’re running a business that produces a lot of waste. This could lead to added expense as you may have to hire a professional waste removal service. Grab lorries, on the other hand, are 2 to 3 times bigger than skips. Between grabs and skips, the former is most likely to be able to handle the volume of waste you produce.

Convenience And Ease Of Collection: You may be going to the gym regularly and have a pretty buff body. But even for someone of that physique, loading and unloading a skip can prove to be a major challenge. Not only does it have to be done manually, it gets even harder when you throw heavy construction or garden waste into the mix.

With a grab lorry, you don’t even have to worry about loading and unloading the waste materials. Grabs come with a mini-digger. It’s self-loading, and all you have to do is keep your waste in an easy-to-access area and the waste management / disposal company can take care of the rest.

Summing Things Up…

When it comes to dealing with significant volumes of waste, grab lorries have the upper hand against skips. The former is a lot more cost-effective, environment-friendly, and convenient to use. When employed with a good waste management or recycling service, grab hires can save you ample time and money.

Moreover, several grab hire companies are backed by highly-skilled, experienced, and certified drivers who’ll handle the waste transportation part. This completely eliminates any burden from you.

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5 Convincing Benefits Of Recycling

02 Jul

For many, recycling isn’t really an integral part of their lifestyle. To them, knowing more about recycling is nice and maybe they’d recycle a few plastic bottles and cardboard products every once in a while. However, the 5 benefits (outlined below) of recycling and reusing waste will surely convince you to recycle more:

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Preserves Our Natural Resources: The earth is rich in resources – there’s no doubt about that. However, that doesn’t mean our planet is a bottomless well of goodness. The resources we enjoy today will run out if we don’t act to preserve them. By making products out of recycled materials instead, we help conserve our land – reducing the need for digging, mining, and extracting virgin materials.

Energy-Efficient: Creating recycled products takes less energy than creating new products from new materials. Just take recycled aluminum as an example. It takes 95% less energy to manufacture compared to new aluminum extracted from bauxite ore.

Keeps The Air And Water Clean: Less waste in the environment equals less pollutants and contaminants. This goes a long way in maintaining the safetiness and cleanliness of the air and water we consume.

Creates Employment Opportunities: Numerous research and studies have been conducted, and they concluded that recycling creates more jobs than landfills. This also makes recycling the most cost-effective waste management system for large communities, organizations, and cities.

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How Green Is Useful In Every Day’s Lifestyle

19 Jan

Adopting a greener and healthier lifestyle isn’t as hard as others make it out to be. Moreover, the benefits of going green involve saving money; maintaining our environment; conserving our resources; and more. To simply put it, it’s not a question of whether going green is good. The question is: When will you get started?

A greener lifestyle will help people to improve the quality of their life and their family’s. There are numerous things one has to understand first though. Going green goes beyond just words: It involves maintaining our nature’s balance by preserving our raw and non-renewable resources; transforming waste or garbage into something tangible and usable; and more.

Conserve Nature’s Balance

To put it simply, the term green refers to the cleanliness of the environment and this involves making changes in one’s lifestyle – changes that help nature maintain its balance. By understanding better what it takes to lead a green lifestyle, we gain insights regarding the proper conservation of energy; recycling waste products to something useful; and those are just to name a few.

You see, our environment is being attacked from all directions. Fortunately, there is a large number of organizations from the private and public sector that are now spear-heading several green campaigns. And this can’t come at a better time: For several decades, we have constantly mined for coal; used harmful chemicals and substances for manufacturing; dumped waste irresponsibly; and more.

Perhaps it’s about time you join the effort to keep our planet healthier, safer, and greener. Besides, it’s also for our own good.

How To Adopt Green Living

It’s a step by step process. You don’t switch from unhealthy living to a greener and better lifestyle overnight. With that in mind, here are some of the initial steps you can take to start enjoying a greener, healthier lifestyle:

Cook At Home: Want to save money, eat healthy, and contribute to the environment’s preservation? Simple, cook your food at home. Doing so puts you in control of what you eat. Not to mention is makes you less dependent on processed or artificial food, which uses chemicals for processing.

Start Gardening At Home: Trees and plants offer more than a relaxing and refreshing environment. It consumes carbon dioxide and releases oxygen, which is what we need for survival. If you are yet to have a garden, you should start planting now!

Proper Usage Of Solar Energy: The sun is a very practical electricity source along with the wind and other renewable energy sources. Along with that, these renewable sources of energy causes less damage to the environment.

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How Does Green Make Our Environment More Eco-Friendly

19 Feb

Adopting a green lifestyle presents numerous benefits that we should not ignore. For starters, it will help us conserve natural resources; conserve our energy sources; cut down our costs significantly; and even build a tight-knit community. Yes, going green delivers several social, economic, and environmental benefits.

Numerous families and communities have made great progress as far as going green goes. They do their best to keep the environment healthy by recycling and reusing waste – transforming it to new products that we use everyday. Some have even adopted energy-efficient measures and switched to renewable sources of energy to minimize the need for extracting and mining coal and fossil fuel.

On the other hand, there is a large number of organizations that have adopted several measures to protect our planet. Some organizations focus on tree-planting campaigns to keep oxygen levels high while enhancing our surroundings’ aesthetics. Others put more emphasis on reducing usage of harmful chemicals and persuading numerous industries to adopt a better waste management method. It’s about time that we join the collective effort to preserve our environment and keep it green.

The word green is generally used in the different initiatives and steps we take to keep our environment healthy and safe. What are those steps and initiatives? Read on below, and even better, integrate them in your lifestyle whenever possible:

Recycle More: By recycling the products such as plastic, paper, cardboard, and the like, we help minimize the non-renewable materials and sources. Not to mention it helps us save more in the process.

To Use Less Coal And Fuel: If we do not take the necessary measures to preserve our natural resources for next generation, survival becomes twice as hard. Most of our energy sources today are non-renewable – fossil fuels, coals, etc. It’s only a matter of time before these run out, and when they do, it will leave our environment in ruins. With that in mind, we should focus on developing and using renewable energy sources, which is discussed in the next point.

Using The Solar Energy For Producing Power In Our Homes: Using the sun’s rays along with the wind energy is a very logical step. You see, with the sun or wind powering your home’s appliances, you can rest easy knowing that your energy sources are renewable and nearly limitless. Moreover, by minimizing the use of non-renewable energy sources like coal, we greatly reduce the impact that mining and extraction has on our surroundings.

Buy Organic And Healthy Vegetables: Our lives are very dependent on artificial, processed foods. However, if we properly use foods that are organic and shun those that are processed, littered with pesticides, etc., we speak against the use of chemicals on our food while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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How To Keep Our Environment Green And Maintain A Green Lifestyle

17 Feb

Nowadays, protecting our planet from the consequences of pollution is of great concern for everyone. We need to pay close attention to the essential requirements for preserving our natural resources for future generation, which will be necessary for their survival.

There are lots of support provided by international communities to develop the Green movement. And it’s about time we take advantage of that support and understand better how we can maintain a green, safe, and healthy environment for us and future generations.

Green Lifestyle – What It’s All About

Adopting a green lifestyle reflects the strong commitment to preserving the environment. Moreover, it promotes compassion; healthy and strong living; along with positive thinking. Many people are misusing the energy, and the pollutants and contaminants thrown into the environment can overwhelm us if we are not careful. And we’re not even talking about how we do more harm by cutting down trees, constant mining, and more.

True, we want to save our green environment, but many of us do not understand from where we should start. We should organize one association and stick to a logical framework  that will help people to save mother nature and adopt the proper green lifestyle – one that promotes numerous social, economic, and ecological benefits.

Take recycling as an example. It basically refers to reprocessing the various wastes along with the other by-products in order to produce original and new products. Let’s take a look at how recycling and going green can impact our environment and quality of life:

Energy: Currently, we use sources such as coal to accommodate our electricity and energy demands. However, such sources are non-renewable, and extracting them from the ground takes a lot, too. With that in mind, it makes sense to switch to other sources such as solar energy and hydroelectric power for our electricity consumption. Since these are renewable and far easier to extract compared to non-renewable sources, using them leads to reduced expenditure along with an increase in the economy.

Materials: By making good use of renewable materials for manufacturing new products, we can significantly cut down costs and usage of non-renewable materials. While minimizing the waste thrown into the environment, going green and recycling also conserves our resources and financial power.

Assurance: Maintaining a Green Environment almost guarantees a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, properly managing our environment will help to keep our surroundings aesthetically pleasing – something that greatly contributes to the improvement of quality of life. All the environmental factors such as humidity, climate and weather can be properly maintained by going Green.

Ways To Keep It Green And Help The Environment

Irrigation: Proper irrigation along with the plantation of more tress will provide the environment the ecological  support it needs. Taking such steps will make our surroundings a better place to live in – transforming it from ‘polluted’ to ‘clean and green’.

Efficient Disposal Of Garbage: Proper disposal of garbage and then reuse of the waste product into energy will provide the better opportunities to the people to increase the economy.

Fertilitization: By increasing the fertility of our environment along with minimizing the use of various chemical fertilizer and pesticides, we can help in increasing the growth of trees and crops – help people to to achieve proper and great ecological balance.

Solar Energy: Through the use of solar energy, we can help preserve our non-sustainable resources. Moreover, harnessing the power of the sun allows us to get all the energy we need for our daily activities while minimizing costs at the same time.

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