Are you the person that is forever re-sorting the recycling at work and pulling coffee cups out of the paper stream? It can be easy to blame people for not doing the recycling ‘properly’ in the office but maybe there are some limitations with the set-up. Check out these tips:
Why your bin system could be the problem
1. Remove the under-desk bin
As humans we look for the easy option and the short cuts, so if people have an under-desk bin then they will automatically use this instead of walking to the recycling station. Ensure all the bins are together as most people won't walk to find them.
2. Make signage meaningful
Words like general waste or recycling are in fact meaningless, as they don’t explain what actual materials go in the bin. Use signage from the WRAP toolkit or put pictures that are relevant to the waste streams in your workplace. Make sure these signs are at eye-level and easy to read.
3. Restrict the bin opening
Paper bins that have a narrow slit or coffee cup bins that have a round aperture can prevent contamination from other sources. Consider investing in bin toppers that restrict the types of waste that go in a bin.
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