“Is recycling worth it?” This question is repeatedly asked at the conference table, during budget meetings and by staff members who view recycling as more of a hassle than it’s worth. While most everyone will agree on the environmental benefits of recycling, there are often disputes regarding its cost-effectiveness. It’s one thing if you’re running a small business with a few small recycling bins out back. But large businesses that recycle on an industrial level must deal with more factors when determining whether or not their recycling program is truly worth it. Weighing the pros and cons, and the costs and gains can help you find the right answer.
Capitalize on the Advantages
Take a step back and assess your company’s recycling needs. Consider the different materials you’ll be recycling. Can some of them be repurposed, or would another company find your recycling materials to be just what they need for their product? Determining the answers to these questions will make you fully aware of your company’s recycling program needs. You’ll also need to know what the government requirements or restrictions are, particularly if you’re dealing with construction waste and debris, or electronic waste recycling. Finally, plan ahead for your recycling program costs, including any special facilities or equipment, as well as manpower. The key to setting up a cost-effective recycling program is to plan wisely, request help from those in the industry and ensure you’re properly equipped so recycling will be as beneficial to your business as it is to the environment.