There are a number of reasons recycling is important. It helps to reduce pollution, lessens the effect of greenhouse gases and preserves of our resources. But aside from its environmental benefits, how can recycling positively impact your business?
If your company does not recycle, here’s why you should:
As more people grow concerned about the impact of human activity on the planet, consumers are no longer concerned only about price and performance when purchasing, but are thinking about sustainability as well. Your decision to recycle is a good way to build reputation with your customers, as they will be happy to know that your company cares about the environment.
Depending on the type of business you operate, you could even encourage customers to get involved in your recycling efforts. Adidas, for example, implemented a programme where consumers can drop off old shoes and clothing (from any brand), after which the items are sorted, and then recycled. See more tips in our Guide to Recycling, Composting and Waste Management.
Programmes such as this are not only a good way to engage existing customers, but can also attract new ones.
Not only will consumers feel better about working with a company that cares about the environment, but so will your employees. If your employees are already recycling at home, they will appreciate working for a company with shared values; while those who do not already recycle may be encouraged to start.
Choosing to recycle in the workplace can help improve the attitude of your employees, as they will realize that you care about more than just the profit margin. Improved attitudes will lead to increased productivity.
The business of recycling is a fast-growing industry, one that has significant value for economic growth. A stronger economy is good news for your business as a thriving economy improves consumer confidence. This means consumers will spend more money and they may be inclined to spend more on your goods or services.
Recycling can also save your business money in the long run. When items are recycled, it means new products are made using less raw material and energy. As a result, the more people and organizations choose to recycle, the lower the cost of manufacturing new items will be. Lower manufacturing costs will mean that manufacturing companies will be able to offer items at a reduced price to consumers. Many of these recycled products may very well be products you use in your business. This will help to reduce your business expenditure.
When you consider the advantages, there is no excuse for your business not to join the recycling movement. If you are ready to implement a recycling programme in your company, call us today. We will take care of everything from labelled garbage bins to in-office garbage pickups. Let us take the work out of recycling and leave you to reap the rewards.
At the end of the day, recycling is your social responsibility. As a business, you have a role to play in leading the charge and encouraging more people to follow your example.
Learn more about how the Vancouver branch of global engineering firm GHD successfully sorts their waste and recycling streams with Growing City, and how they encourage best practices at the office.
Learn more about Zero Waste Canada with founder Jamie Kaminski.