Step 1: Educate Them
It is important to instill the idea that recycling is important and that the company is a “green” company in more way than one. We only have one planet Earth, and it matters what we do with it. As such, recycling is a simple, everyday way that each one of us can contribute to the well being of our Earth.
Showing boring statistics and facts is probably not the way to help educate employees on recycling. Rather, an emotional appeal is more likely the way to go. At least with an appeal to emotion, one can generate more action than what might otherwise be taken. Of course, it is also important to make it easy for the employees to recycle so as to take away the excuse of laziness.
Step 2: Make A Game Of It
Yes, recycling is serious business, but that does not mean it always has to be taken so seriously. If employees are given the option to make a game out of recycling, they are likely to take that opportunity. The business oriented website Chron.com recommends putting up things such as small office basketball goals or other sporting equipment to make recycling more fun.
It may sound silly that adding something as simple as a basketball goal over the recycling bin would make a big difference, but it does. We love competition and games, and that little goal provides both at the same time over the recycling bin. It is an easy thing to do, but it often boosts the amount of recycling done.
Step 3: Simplify
There are some complex rules when it comes to recycling as far as what may or may not be recycled. These rules should not be of concern to employees. Officedynamics.com urges employers to make the recycling process as easy as possible for employees. The reason for this being that they want to ensure that employees do not neglect to recycle simply because they do not understand the complex rules.
It is easier for the employer to worry about following the exact rules and regulations for recycling than it is for the employees. Take the burden off their shoulders and just handle it yourself. It will make for a much smoother operation.