Going Green at your business is easier than you think
SWACO offers advice, programs, and more to help your company. When you recycle and reduce waste at your place of business you not only help the environment, you may boost your bottom line. Many times, less waste means less money your business has to spend. So let’s get started!
Conduct a Waste Audit
First step, what are you throwing away that really doesn’t need to go in the dumpster? There are some haulers that specialize in certain products when it comes to recycling and they may be able to give you a better overall deal based on their needs for things like cardboard or clean office paper. A good way to get some answers is to perform a waste audit on your business.
There are private companies that will do the job, and your trash hauler may offer this service as well, but SWACO offers a do-it-yourself waste audit. Print it out, and walk through your building. You might be surprised at what you’ll find.
Okay now that you’ve plucked the low hanging fruit; paper, cardboard, cans, bottles etc, let’s climb the tree a bit and go for the middle branches. When you receive your products, how are they packaged? Can you work with your suppliers to come up with reduced packaging? Many companies have done just that. Less packaging brings less impact on the environment and it gives you more room for storage. It can also cut your shipping costs.
Join the SWACO Business Roundtable
Good learning should be shared, SWACO's Business Roundtable (BRT) can help you learn from fellow businesses. The BRT meets four times a year and is hosted at a different BRT member site every meeting. Representatives from small and large businesses, government organizations, and institutions get together to share lunch, hear the latest on SWACO, and most importantly share lessons learned. Success stories range from simple lessons on how to pick a recycler to the more advanced stuff like how to recycle specific items. If you’d like more information on SWACO’s Business Roundtable, contact Kristi Higginbotham at 614-871-5100.