Workplace Waste Reduction Efforts Work

The lack of a return on investment (ROI) is still a large obstacle to
implementing waste reduction processes in the workplace, a recent survey by
Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium found.

More than half of the companies in the survey cited "ROI constraints" as a key
challenge to making company processes sustainable. But these businesses are
rising to the challenge by establishing low-cost, workforce sustainability
efforts at the grassroots level, according to the Consortium's new survey
report Waste and Recycling Sustainability: Ideas for Reducing Your Company's
Impact on the Environment, which is available with registration.

"We've said before that sustainability is not always about being Earth
friendly; many times these green initiatives also need to be wallet friendly,"
said Bruce Tompkins executive director of the Consortium and author of the
report. "The good news is that companies have found inexpensive but effective
techniques for keeping waste out of landfills."

Respondents from leading retail and manufacturing companies:

  • place clearly marked recycling collection bins in easily accessible areas (84 percent).

  • provide different types of containers for various types of waste to avoid mixing incompatible materials (68 percent);

  • ensure that every employee has a recycling bin at his/her desk (58 percent);

  • develop a company policy to recycle every possible material (51 percent); and

  • provide reusable mugs, glassware, plate, and utensils for employee use in the cafeteria or break rooms (51 percent).

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