• at July 17, 2018

    Last month we purchased 3 new recycling bins. We only had one in the office kitchen, where not many people seemed to know it existed, but now we added more, hoping people would notice them and remember the importance of recycling.

    I’ll admit that each time I walk near one of these bins, I just can’t help but take a look inside… and each time, I’m disappointed.

    How can I make sure my employees will recycle? Putting paper and other recyclable items into a recycling bin is not more complicated than putting them into a trash can, is it? I want my business to help protect the environment, but so far it has been more complicated than I expected it to be.

  • at July 17, 2018

    What type of recycling bins did you buy? Do they have a lid? Are they single stream, double stream, or more?

    I think it’s important to have good looking bins that your employees will notice. They also have to be easy to use so that, as you said, using them will not be more complicated than using trash cans.

  • at July 17, 2018

    We ordered them from Waste Wise Products Inc. They offer many models of recycling bins. Ours are double stream bins, and we even got them branded with our logo. They match the colours of the office, I think they look great.!

    In fact I never thought I could be so proud of something like recycling bins, so maybe that explains why I’m so disappointed by the fact that pretty much no one uses them.

  • at July 17, 2018

    Maybe 3 isn’t enough and you need more! If there are bins everywhere, your employees just won’t be able to ignore them anymore!!

  • at July 17, 2018

    You say your recycling bins match the colours of your office… Maybe they match them too well? Like chameleons! Maybe they disappear and no one but you sees them…

  • at July 17, 2018

    Ha! That’s an interesting theory… But if the problem is that they match the colours of the office too well, what can I do to make them stand out? I’m not going to paint them a different colour! Maybe I could put up a sign on them to catch people’s eyes?

  • at July 17, 2018

    Or you could put up colourful signs on the wall near each bin, to remind people that recycling is the right thing to do. You can also make a list of the different things that they can put inside these bins, in case some people are confused or think that only office paper can be recycled.

    I’m sure your employees mean well, maybe it’s just that they are not used to recycling at home, or maybe they are just not sure what can be recycled and what can’t be recycled. Sometimes people just need a small reminder.

  • at July 17, 2018

    Where did you place these new recycling bins? Are they next to trash cans? If someone is feeling just a bit lazy, they might prefer putting their empty soda can in the trash if they would have to walk to get to a recycling bin…

  • at July 17, 2018

    Two of them are right next to trash cans, but the third one is in a corridor. I’m not sure if there is another place where I could put it… I’ll try to think about it.

    Putting up signs with a list of things that can be recycled is a good idea, though! I’ll definitely work on that. Maybe really focusing on recyclable items that can be found in our office will help people feel concerned. I’ll try it!

    Thanks everyone for your answers!

  • at July 17, 2018

    You’re welcome! Good luck!!