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BEE THE CHANGE

Use a reusable bag as a trendy recycling tote or a cool lunchbag. Your coworkers will be GREEN with envy. (See what we did there?)

 

Be the change you want to see in the world. When others see you recycling, they are more likely to do so themselves.

BEE PROACTIVE

Rummage through the cafeteria trash cans, take out all the recyclables and create a giant pile in the middle of the room with a large sign that reads “We should really recycle this stuff, ya’ll.”

 

Talk to your co-workers about how they feel about the lack of reducing, reusing and recycling in your workplace. Getting people to start to think and talk about an issue will make it easier when it comes to implementation down the road.

BEE HEARD

Spam your company social media pages with tips for workplace recycling. We've created some messages to get you started.

 

Either as an individual or within your “Green Team,” read up about recycling in Detroit. GLS has plenty of information on the 3Rs and cost-effectiveness.

BEE A CHAMPION

Start a green team in your office. You’ll be just like Captain Planet’s planeteers except your day job doesn’t come with awesome rings of power or a solar-powered yellow jet.

 

Odds are, you aren’t the only one who wants more recycling opportunities in your workplace. Identify others who feel passionate about recycling and ask them if they want to form an informal team who is dedicated to environmental issues.

BEE FRIENDLY

Start buying your facilities manager lunch everyday. Start hanging out with him outside of work, frequently. Become an expert on his favorite movie (Forrest Gump), tv show (Parks and Recreation) and dish (Macaroni & Cheese with bacon). Become his best friend (Like “inseparable-BFF’s-for-life” friend). While you’re in the breakroom playing Forrest Gump trivia for the 3rd time this week, suggest that he starts workplace recycling at your office. At this point you’re his best friend in the world, and he’ll do anything for his bestie.

 

In most organizations, there will be multiple people who need to be on board before a decision is made about implementing a recycling program at the workplace. Find out who these people are and build a relationship.

BEE AGGRESSIVE

Keep a blacklist (digitally, of course) of everyone who wastes paper. Email it to HR, facilities, your boss and an other important people at your job, on an hourly basis, until they are forced to institute company-wide recycling.

 

Approach leadership. Consider people who fall into these categories: Property Manager, Facilities, CFO or Finance Department, Community Development Office, Sustainability Office, Human Resources. If your organization is on the smaller side, consider approaching the CEO. At the very least, you will need people who have knowledge about the building and physical space, waste management, and finances of the company. Here's a pre-made email template to help you start.

BEE REMINDED

You aren’t proposing drastic, radical change. This isn’t some “hippie nonsense” nor an invitation to join a friendly kumbaya circle. Recycling is as practical as not dumping battery acid into a river. Both involve responsibly handling waste, and both can protect habitat from harmful pollutants and cultivation methods.

 

Simply put, recycling employs the concept of “conservation of resources” meaning the act of recycling, re-circulating, and re-using viable materials allows us to be that much closer to seeing an end of the production of plastics made from toxic chemicals.

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