Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years, chances are good. You will likely be aware of the growing climate change movement. While once there was a debate in the scientific community about the idea of environmental change, over the last two decades, global weather events and seemingly inexplicable alterations to the climate around the world have left few in doubt that we are witnessing a dangerous period for our planet.
From melting ice caps to rising seas, wild storms, scorching summer temperatures, and mass wildfires, experts now suggest we are nearing a point where the damage we’ve done to the world could soon become irreversible. Indeed, many scientists now claim that climate change is the biggest threat facing the world today and are demanding action.
A global response across both businesses and individuals
Where once slow to act, governments and authorities around the world are now proactively encouraging their nations to take a greener approach against this threat, with everything from suggesting lifestyle changes to enforcing laws surrounding manufacturing and production.
Taken as a whole, it’s hoped these new regulations will help mitigate the rate of change in the earth – and one of the simplest new recommendations is to recycle more.
How to use recycling to benefit your firm
Depending on your type of company, its sector, and its physical location, there will be various ways you could use recycling to benefit your company – or even turn a small profit. Below are just a few ideas:
Sell your refuse for a profit: While it might some an unlikely prospect, it may be possible for your firm to sell its waste for a profit. For example, if you run an electrical services company, you likely find you have considerable supposed ‘waste’ material in the form of plastic offcuts or wiring. Bundling these up and selling them may be a realistic option. Likewise, if your firm produces a lot of waste paper or card, recyclers equipped with balers like those available from recyclingbalers.com may consider buying it from you.
You will undoubtedly reduce your disposal costs: Disposing of waste can often be expensive, and with rising landfill costs, this is unlikely to change anytime soon. Moreover, there is now a global shortage of realistic locations for landfill and rubbish dumps – which, again, will see the price of disposal continue to rise. Recycling will help reduce these costs for your firm while also making a positive change.
Get creative and use your waste for other purposes: Again, this will very much depend on your firm and the type of waste you produce, but it may be possible to repurpose your refuse for secondary use. For example, shredded paper can make a great packing material to protect goods in transit. Likewise, boxes can be flattened and put to another use, e.g., reusing it for outer parcel packaging. Take a look around your workplace and check for the everyday waste you might be able to reuse for another purpose.