Why is More Not Recycled by Businesses?
We have already mentioned in other articles including "Correct Disposal of Waste" and "Company Waste Reduction and Recycling" that along with protecting the environment, businesses can make significant financial savings through reducing waste and recycling. With this in mind, it begs the question as to why some businesses do not recycle, and why those that do so already do not recycle even more.
The most prominent reason is human apathy and laziness. It is simply far easier to throw something in the general waste bin than it is to walk over to a dedicated recycling container, despite it often being just across the room, and even more so when the item requires separating before recycling, e.g. having to open and remove the cellophane wrapper from junk mail before putting the paper contents into the paper and cardboard recycling bin.
Places of work such as construction sites are likely to want to clear away material such as old bricks and rubble as quickly as possible and throw them away so that work can continue with as little disruption as possible, when this material can often be re-used and recycled for other uses. Unfortunately this is often done with an eye towards health and safety regulations as items lying about or stored in the way can be a trip hazard of cause serious injury if they are piled high.
Many businesses will be doing work for clients and then invoicing them for it plus additional expenses. This means that all too often a business will simply buy new materials and throw away any old ones and just bill the customer for the work. A lot of consumers will also view recycled products as being inferior or not as good as brand new items and will demand that everything is new, again limiting the scope and prospects for recycling.
Whilst businesses may not be able to change the attitude of clients and customers very easily when it comes to encouraging them to accept recycled products, where they can have an influence is over their own employees in terms of minimising the amount of waste produced by them and increasing the levels of recycling. This can be done through training and educating employees about the importance of recycling as far as the planet and the environment is concerned, as well as enforcing procedures for the strict segregation of different types of items into the correct bins (e.g. paper and cardboard in one, metal in another and so on). Many health and safety courses such as the NEBOSH General Certificate will teach the importance of recycling and environmental considerations, whilst those who attend NEBOSH Environmental Certificate courses will definitely understand why businesses should recycle as much as possible.