Plastics that escape into the oceans—either by accident or human carelessness—has become a global issue that many people are trying to resolve. You’ve probably read articles or heard about “skimming” vehicles that sift through our oceans, bays and harbors to remove floating trash so it can be disposed of properly. And while these are doing a tremendous job at eliminating waste from our watersheds, the damage that continues to occur on a daily basis is difficult to keep pace with.
By engaging business owners and their employees, and making them aware of the problem, efforts to minimize the use of plastics in the workplace can have a large-scale effect. If one business takes on efforts to tackle the problem, others may take note of their deeds and may feel compelled to join the cause. Here are a few ways to get the cycle started:
- Benchmark – Take an inventory of your current plastics use so you have a baseline number to compare with. Then, as you move forward with your campaign, you can measure your progress.
- Advocate – Introduce the initiative to your staff via a kickoff meeting. You can either do some research on your own to identify the problem, or you can invite a local expert (like Bay Disposal & Recycling) who can come to your office to talk about the issue and be available to answer any questions.
- Tap in – Plastic water bottles are a major part of the problem. By installing a water cooler with replaceable tanks or installing an effective filtration system (reverse osmosis or charcoal filters) to your kitchen taps, the need for water bottle plastics will be greatly reduced.
- Dining facilities – Whether you have a break room for food preparation or a full-blow cafeteria, eliminate the use of plastic knives, spoons, and forks, as well as Styrofoam plates and/or cups. Replace it all with flatware and dishes that can be washed and reused.
- Incentives – As part of your kickoff, provide reusable gifts to your employees. This could include reusable water bottles, porcelain coffee mugs or stainless-steel travel mugs, etc. These items can also be branded with your company name/logo.
Bay Disposal & Recycling is very adamant about minimizing the epic problem of plastics in our oceans. If you need help instilling a plastic-reduction plan into your business, give us a call. We’d be happy to assist.