Pursuing earth-friendly policies at work isn't just a nice thing to do — it can have a real impact on your bottom line. More than 65 percent of customers want to shop at environmentally sustainable companies, even if prices are higher.
A few simple changes can help improve your green reputation among customers. Try these three recycling goals at your business.
Electronic waste (e-waste) recycling programs allow your company to recycle office technology such as outdated cell phones, rechargeable batteries, telecom equipment, keyboards and computers. This takes very little effort, but it can have a big environmental impact: Recycling your technology hardware reduces the need to extract raw materials — including rare metals — from the earth. It also prevents potentially hazardous chemicals from leaching into the soil and water.
Tip: Look for certified electronics recyclers to run your e-waste program. These organizations are vetted to ensure that they follow proper procedures.
Ink and Toner Cartridge Recycling
To boost green initiatives at your SMB, consider participating in a program that offers ink and toner cartridge recycling. This effort will help reduce landfill waste and enable the reuse of valuable resources. Staples has a recycling program that will pick up empty ink and toner cartridges for free.
Tip: Recycling can also pay off for your business. Look for programs that offer rewards or incentives for each ink or toner cartridge you recycle.
Zero Waste Recycling Programs
Programs like TerraCycle allow your SMB to recycle a wide variety of common items, such as writing instruments, shipping and packing supplies, candy and snack wrappers and cleaning supplies. Simply fill a Zero Waste Box with accepted items and mail it to TerraCycle with a prepaid shipping label for proper recycling. TerraCycle turns the recycled materials into a plastic that can be used to make other products, such as bicycle racks and benches.
Tip: With TerraCycle, you can recycle beverage capsules, pods (think K-Cups), discs or pouches.
Recycling goals don't have to be elaborate or labor-intensive — these three simple steps are easier than ever. Your company can make valuable contributions to environmental sustainability and impress your customers while you're at it.