Become Green - Corporate Recycling

Is it in a company’s best interests to incorporate a recycling program? Absolutely. The pros outweigh the cons by a few tons of greenhouse gas. But seriously, there are only positives and virtually no negatives associated with making recycling a part of a company’s policy.

First of all, corporate reputation is everything. Without a solid one, no business has a remotely secure future. Becoming an environmentally conscious company does wonders for a company’s image, and also its perceived trustworthiness. This has an impact across the board with customers, partners, employees and investors alike. This is especially true considering that more and more people and businesses are gravitating away from non-environmentally friendly companies these days. People are much more inclined to develop loyalty to a company that does business compassionately. Recycling is also considered a sign of a progressive company. Companies that are reluctant to adapt can be viewed as aging, dwindling businesses.

In the future, it is likely that new laws will be created to mandate how companies must operate to be considered environmentally responsible in terms of how they reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is in every company’s best interest to proactively amend their policy to one that will be more viable in the years to come. The sooner it gets done, the less it will likely cost to make the shift in the future. It might also be possible that potential fines might be preemptively avoided.

The bottom line is usually the bottom line. No company can ignore the clear long-term (as well as short-term) savings associated with becoming environmentally friendly. Along with the significant savings possible by changing the way energy is used, creating a company-wide recycling policy can reduce business costs by exorbitant amounts. With the popularity and accessibility of recycling, it does not stand to reason that any company should remain uninvolved. Any company that neglects to take advantage of the several opportunities provided by implementing a recycling program is doing itself a great disservice.

Those are the main benefits for any company that adopts a recycling policy. How does the rest of the Earth benefit? Well, for starters, every ton of paper made from recycled materials saves 17 trees, nearly 7,000 gallons of water, over 450 gallons of oil, and more than 4,000 kilowatt hours of energy. Making recycled paper, as opposed to using virgin timber, generates 74% less air pollution, 35% less water pollution, and 64% less total energy. Aside from recycling paper, it’s also a great idea to provide recycling bins for aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles. Recycling just one plastic bottle conserves enough electricity to keep a 100-watt bulb lit for four hours.

One more mutually benefiting factor of recycling for the companies and the general population is that it creates jobs and economic development. Recycling is a relatively new industry, and it is constantly providing new opportunities. It also provides an additional source of income for many environmentally conscious citizens, thus stimulating the economy, which is good for all businesses.