Set up a Recycling Scheme

Set up a Recycling Scheme

Your work recycling collection can include anything from paper, card, drinks cans, plastic bottles, inkjet and toner cartridges and even cups from vending machines.

By recycling things like old mobile phones, computers equipment or stamps you can often help raise money for charities.

To set up a recycling scheme at work you need to find out:

  • what waste and how much of it you produce at work; and
  • what materials your local recycling service provider accepts.
  1. Find a recycling service provider
    Start by contacting your existing waste management company to find out if they can provide an office recycling service. They may also be able to provide you with data on the amount and type of waste your company produces. This will help you establish the type and frequency of collection service you need, and provide a baseline to measure the success of your office recycling.
  2. Provide recycling containers
    Once you have found the right recycling service provider, place recycling containers in convenient places. Usually it works best to put them next to your other waste bins, so it’s as easy to recycle as it is to throw something away.
  3. Label containers
    Put a list of what can and can’t be recycled on labels or posters by the recycling bins. You can download bin stickers and material icons from the Recycle Now Partners website.
  4. Raise Awareness
    Host a recycling launch event/meeting and include a training session so staff know why it is important to recycle and how to recycle.