Tired of the same old New Year’s resolutions? You know, the ones people tend to abandon before February? After the whirlwind year that 2020 was, for many 2021 is not just a new year – it’s a chance for a fresh start. Why not use this as an opportunity to resolve to recycle more where you work, live, learn, buy and play? It’s not only a simple resolution, but is also one that benefits the environment, creates jobs, reduces litter and could benefit future generations.
New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be only for personal growth and change. We encourage you to use this new year as an opportunity to start sustainable practices like recycling if you’re not already doing so.
Recycling benefits the environment by diverting hundreds of millions of pounds of valuable materials from landfills, which reduces by millions of metric tons the total greenhouse emissions generated annually, creating healthier air and cleaner waterways.
Stepped-up recycling efforts can also create jobs and help support the economy. According to The Recycling Partnership, as recently as 2017, recycling generated $117 billion in economic activity and $13.2 billion in tax revenue. Recycling has lead to 156,000 jobs nationwide and could generate over one million new jobs in the next 20 years.
Another benefit of recycling is less reliance on natural resources and reduced landfill waste. This results in improved water and air pollution levels, benefiting future generations.
Start new habits
Understanding the importance and effects of recycling can motivate us to extend New Year’s resolutions into long-term habits.
Although roughly 75% of America’s waste is recyclable, we only recycle around 30% of it. The first step your business can take is to know what to throw away and what can be placed in your recycling receptacles. Check your local city website to learn what materials are and are not accepted.
Twin the bin
Make it easy for everyone in your facility to recycle – just as easy as it is to throw something away. Place recycling bins next to trash cans. And to ensure proper recycling practices, post signs with a list of what can and can’t be recycled.
The EarthCraft™ Dual-Stream Waste and Recycling Centers from Commercial Zone offer waste and recycling disposal in one unit, making it an ideal solution for businesses looking to promote recycling. Effective and durable in both indoor and outdoor spaces, the EarthCraft™ Dual-Stream Waste and Recycling Centers keep your space clean and can help make a difference in your company.