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Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Welcome to my blog. My name is Deborah. About 15 years ago, I bought an old home. We worked with several contractors to rehabilitate it, but ultimately, the foundation simply wasn't stable enough, and we had to tear it down. After that, we worked with a construction crew to build a home from the ground up. The experience was exciting and challenging, and I learned a lot through that process. I want to share construction and contracting facts and information with others so I decided to start this blog. I hope that you like the results, and I thank you for reading. Enjoy!

Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Ways to Encourage Recycling in the Workplace

by Samantha Russell

If you want your business to be more eco-friendly, one great way to do that is by starting a recycling program. With just a few simple steps, you can encourage your employees to recycle their waste and create a greener workplace.

Let Employees Know What Can Be Recycled

One of the reasons people don't recycle as much as possible is because they simply don't know what items can be recycled. This is why it helps to post flyers around the office reminding your employees what they can recycle. Post them anywhere you have recycle bins, such as in the break room, close to the photocopier or fax machine, and anywhere in the office or hallway where you keep trash and recycle bins. Some things they can recycle include old cell phones, paper and envelopes, magazines, newspapers, cardboard boxes, and printer toner cartridges. Even old appliances like computers and printers can be recycled. Don't forget to remind them about food and drink recyclables, such as plastic, glass, and aluminum.

Separate the Recycling Bins

Have a few different areas of the office where you have recycling bins. This makes it easy for employees to know what goes where. Have an open bin for all paper and cardboard items, which can be something as simple as a cardboard box or plastic crate for all paper items to go in. You might also want to have some larger recycle bins labelled for electronics, plastic, aluminum, or glass. Make sure each bin is labelled clearly so they know what goes into each one.

Set Up a Single-Stream Recycling System

An even easier method is to use single-stream recycling services. This means you don't do any sorting in the office, but instead have just one type of bin where all recyclable materials go. You will then have a recycling company pick up the bins, where they bring it to their recycling plant to be sorted. In some cases, this is the most effective option because there is no guesswork. As long as an aluminum can, toner cartridge, or envelope can be recycled, it all goes into the same bin. Have just one large recycling bin next to each regular waste bin in the office to make it a simple process.

You can also encourage using less waste in the office by going digital and reducing paper waste, and having reusable plates, cups, and bowls in the office instead of using paper, plastic, or foam.