Paper, Paper and More Paper!

Since 87% of Americans have access to a paper recycling program, there’s no reason to delay your participation any longer!  The paper industry’s goal for 2012 is to recover 60% of all waste paper, and you can play a vital role in helping achieve that goal.  How?  You can start by recycling your paper at home and by being a driving force at implementing a paper recycling program at work or school.

Did you know that the average office employee tosses 350 pounds of paper each year?  Businesses and schools are significant generators of waste paper, and instituting paper recycling programs in these facilities is easier than you might think.  The key to a successful program is to remember that if details are hazy, people will be too lazy!  Your paper recycling program at work and at school must be convenient with simple instructions for everyone to follow.  Consider these helpful tips:

  • Form a Green Team:  Your green team will be responsible for educating employees or students on proper recycling procedures, placing recycling boxes in convenient locations, organizing the collection and hauling of the paper, and tracking the successes of the program.
  • Make Paper Recycling Convenient:  Employees do not want to make long treks to the recycling bin.  If possible, place a paper recycling box next to each employee desk, in the copier room, in the mail room, in school hallways, and any other location where paper will be generated.  When employees can toss paper into a recycling bin as easily as a trash can, they will be more inclined to participate.
  • Arrange Paper Collection:  It irks employees and teachers when recycling bins are overflowing.  Keep recycling areas neat by coordinating frequent collection of the paper and have it stored in a designated area until recycling day.  Typically, the maintenance department takes charge of this aspect of the recycling program. 
  • Find a Hauler:  The size of your business and your central storage area will determine the frequency your paper will need to be collected.  Contact your refuse hauler to see if they offer recycling service as well—most do.  If you are sufficiently staffed and can haul the materials yourself, you can prosper your school or business with the proceeds from the sale of these clean recyclables.
  • Educate Employees and Students:  Instructions should be easy to follow or no one will participate. 
  • Offer Incentives:  Reward employees for achieving recycling goals.  Host free lunches, post the best recyclers on your website, distribute recycled-content promotional awards and merchandise to everyone who participates, etc.
  • Advertise Your Program:  To ensure you don’t start a paper recycling program with a bang and end with a fizzle, maintain momentum by advertising your results.  Keep employees and students informed of their recycling progress, and use the sale of the recyclables to fund employee or student reward programs.  Advertise your recycling program to local medias, and share your results in company or school newsletters.  Keep everyone connected and involved, and your program will thrive!                                                                                                                                                               

When it comes to offering incentives, Target Marketing Group can supply you with all your promotional product needs.  Our comprehensive line of recycled-content items include recycled paper pens, paper bags, awards, seeded paper products (ideal for springtime promotions), and more!  Call us today for ideas to reward employees and students alike who are instrumental in reaching your paper recycling goals! www.recycledpromos.com

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