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Tips for implementing an organic recycling program at your company

Properly disposing organic material is a great way to help reduce the waste your company is needlessly sending to landfill.  Organic waste is described as any waste that comes from plants or animals and is biodegradable. These materials can be broken down in a matter of weeks or months. This article will take you through a list of some of the best biodegradable items and give you some tips on how to implement an organic recycling program in your company. Panda Environmental has a great selection of waste removal options. Click here now to learn more!

 

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What are some biodegradable items found in the workplace?

Depending on your industry there could possibly be a large number of organic waste items that pass through your work area that could be diverted. Here's a list of some biodegradable items that may be found in your workplace:

  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Rice/Beans
  • Napkins/ Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates
  • Waxed Papers
  • Meat and Poultry
  • Cheese
  • Frozen Food Boxes
  • Milk Cartons
  • Plants/Flowers
  • Eggshells
  • Bones
  • Waxed Cardboard Products
  • Tea Bags/Coffee Grounds/Filters
  • Yard Waste

 

Why set up an organic recycling program?

Organic recycling  is often overlooked because it's benefits are not as often understood like other recycling options such as paper or plastic. Despite its lack of public attention, organic recycling can still have a large impact on the environment and the amount of waste produced annually. When biodegradable items are disposed of in the normal waste programs these items are put into a landfill that does not allow for the proper oxygen or moisture needed for the natural process of decomposition to occur. Though it's a long process that may take you from 6 months to a year depending on your environment there are still lots of reasons to participate. Here are a few reasons why setting up an organic recycling and removal program in your workplace is beneficial:

 

1) Organic recycling helps to limit the amount of waste going into a landfill

2) Organic recycling can help lower your waste disposal costs

3) Organic recycling can provide you with healthy soils and by-products such as fertilizer that are great for agriculture

4)  Organic recycling is a valuable tool in promoting sustainability in your workplace. 

5)  It's a team effort which can help to bring your team together. Feel good knowing you're business is making positive impact on the environment.

 

How to set up an organic recycling and waste removal program

There are a few steps you'll need to follow in order to implement an effective and successful organic recycling and waste removal program in your workplace. First you'll want to perform a workplace audit to better understand exactly what amount and type of organics are most often being disposed of in your workplace.  Panda Environmental can also help you perform the audit and provide you with other consulting services as well. Click here now to find out more about their services.

 

You will need to decide what type of composting is right for you. Do you want to try to do it onsite or just collect it and have it hauled to a Organic Recycling Facility?

If you want to do some "onsite" compositing there are a couple methods you could try. First there is Vermicomposting, a great option for smaller workplaces that still want to take up composting, or colder climates that need to do their composting indoors. In this option, worms break down the organic items into a very rich compost that has a multitude of uses. These vermicompost bins do not usually have an offensive odor unless the worms are overfed and they require only basic upkeep. Your second option would be to have an outdoor bin which is great for larger workplaces that produce a higher volume of organic material. This option does take more commitment and upkeep because both the moisture level and "brown" material levels need to be maintained.

Company's that have large amouts of Organic Material or are limited on space quite often use a company like  Panda Environmental  to help them with this.

 

The final step you'll want to undertake is preparing your workplace for implementing your new program. This can involve things such as purchasing some new equipment to gather your Organic Material in. If you are doing things onsite there will likely be some additional equipment and training required.  Contacting an organic waste removal company to help is also an option.

 

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