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Recycling at work is so important. In fact, the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (IC&I) sector sends more waste to landfill than the residential sector.

There's absolutely no good reason not to recycle these days either. In almost all cases, recycling gives companies an opportunity to dispose of their waste for free, whereas every bag of garbage has a cost.

Now that's not to say that all companies don't realize the opportunity that recycling provides. There are many companies that have made waste diversion a top priority. Some of the most active companies strive for zero waste, which is to recycle and reuse all waste.

It may seem unobtainable, but it's not impossible. It really depends on what services there are in your community, and how people at your company respond. The truth is most people want to do the right thing when it comes to waste. Manufacturing by-products aside, there are ways to recycle most things for free including:

  • Food waste (organics)
  • Paper products
  • Plastic and metal containers
  • Glass

As for by-products, you can scour marketplaces that are looking for the materials that you're throwing away. In fact, you may even be able to sell them.

Not only do these companies realize the financial benefits of zero waste to landfill, which can be quite significant. There is also a boost to the brand's reputation for its good social responsibility.

 

How to Recycle Batteries at Work

Batteries are another item that many companies use every day that should be recycled. In Ontario many types of batteries are eligible for recycling under the current Provincial battery program. Residents can bring eligible batteries to a specific drop off locations for free disposal through out the province. Ontario Businesses can also arrange to become a collection site to collect batteries from their staff and operations.

 

Take an Inventory

The first thing you should do is take an inventory of the types of batteries you're using at your work. Do you accumulate the typical single-use and rechargeable batteries that you use at home? Perhaps you use battery operated power tools, or forklift batteries. Take stock of all the batteries you use and get an approximate idea for how many you would use in a year.

Once you have a good idea about the types of batteries you're using, reach out to a service provider.

 

Raw Materials Company

We recycle a variety of hard to manage wastes for the IC&I sector, including all battery types. Once we understand what types of batteries you have and the approximate volume, we'll send you some containers to recycle them all. You'll recycle household batteries in pails or drums, and if you have the larger format batteries, they can be placed on a pallet.

 

Where to Put Your Recycling Containers

The best advice would be to put your recycling containers in places where people will notice them. Any pallets or drums will have to remain on the ground level in a secure weather protected area so that they can be picked up by the service provider.

 

Promoting your Recycling Program

Once you have your recycling containers set up, you'll want to promote the program so that everyone knows how it works. You'll want to tell people what types of batteries can be recycled, and which batteries need to be taped prior to depositing them in the collection container.

Some of the best ways to promote a recycling program at work are:

  • Posters - hang them in high traffic areas
  • Screensaver reminders
  • PA announcement reminders
  • Reminders sent along with pay stubs
  • Social media posts
  • Newsletters

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Safety   

Batteries are extremely useful, and they power many of the tools we use to do our jobs everyday. Yet, if you're currently throwing batteries in the garbage, you risk damage to your property and the health and safety of your employees.

To reduce the risk of fire from improper battery disposal, provide a convenient and accessible option for staff to recycle them. It's that simple. Educate your staff so they know which batteries need to have the terminals taped. This information is very useful not only at work, but also for their personal lives at home.

 

     

 

Scheduled or On Call Pickup

We offer convenient pickup options for all our customers. Depending on the types of batteries you use and the amount, customers can be placed on a reoccurring schedule or can call as needed.

 

Reporting

We keep track of all the batteries sent to us for recycling. We issue certificates of recycling for all waste shipments within 90 days. This information can be used to substantiate a case for an environmental accreditation you're striving for, or to simply share with your employees to provide feedback on their efforts.

 

Other Wastes

Our company is also permitted to collect, store and transport other hard to manage wastes including:

  • Lead bearing wastes
  • Mercury bearing wastes
  • Fluorescent tubes, bulbs and lamps
  • Electronics
  • Acids and bases

At the end of the day, recycling is not only great for the environment, but it can be good for your bottom line too. 


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