Waste recycling management : why, how & best practices to implement

The establishment of selective sorting in companies can be motivated by several factors, both economical and environmental. The reduction of paper in the office makes it possible to reduce incinerated waste and to avoid contributing to the waste of valuable forest resources, for example. By respecting French legislation, you also allow your employees to extend their own recycling process to their workplace and to save on the cost of disposal, depending on the local market for recovered paper. Your choice is made, but how can you successfully install your selective sorting system? Here are some tips to help you through this process.

This may seem obvious at first, but a successful implementation of waste recycling in your company obviously requires the right information from your employees. It is sometimes difficult to involve them with abstract ecological arguments, but making them understand the impact that recycling can have on your environment can be a good starting point. Then, it is important to help them maintain their motivation to the maximum. For instance, you can organize contests and offer them rewards, so that selective sorting becomes a real awareness, but also shows a playful aspect, which is essential for a long-term operation.

Selective sorting installation in the company also depends on the choice of your waste bins, which depends on the location, the number of employees and the nature of your waste. Simplifying your recycling system is essential for your approach to be effective on your employees. For instance, using too many different garbage cans in the same place could discourage them. So, once again : make it simple and fun. Observe your employees to know which bins to place and where to place them. Paper is usually thrown close to the printer, or even at your employee's feet. It is precisely at these places that your paper bins must be based, while your other waste, such as plastics and metals, can be recovered from your break room.