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September 21, 2016

Can Recycling Save Your Business Money?

As a business owner, you are probably constantly on the look-out for different ways to save money. Recycling as a business is not only a great way to cut the cost of running your company and give yourself some more room in the budget, it’s also essential for being a ‘green’ company and reducing your carbon footprint. Today, more and more customers are becoming increasingly concerned about the carbon footprints of the companies that they use, with many customers only buying products and services from those brands which show that the environment is something that is important to them. We’ve put together some of the best ways in which recycling can help your business to save money.

Re-Using Materials

Recycling doesn’t always have to come in the form of throwing everything that can be recycled into various bins and cans – often, you can actually re-use the materials that you’d normally waste yourself. For example, paper can be re-used by using the back of it for writing notes, before it can then be recycled after getting as much use out of it as possible. This not only helps to save your company’s costs by reducing the amount of materials that you need to purchase, it can also help to keep your business’ carbon footprint down at a minimum. Encouraging a culture of recycling or repairing things, rather than instantly replacing them in your workplace is essential to keeping your business costs down.

Sell Recyclable Materials

Certain recyclable products, for example old or broken computers and office equipment, can be sold on to be recycled rather than thrown out. If you are having a clear out of your offices or thinking of replacing all or most of your equipment, making sure to recycle it is a good way to actually make some money back off it. Many recycling schemes exist which you can use in order to earn money for a wide range of recyclable materials, or you could sell them on individually to people who will be able to use them. Of course, if you’re clearing out your office and want to recycle things, don’t forget to get in touch with a good skip hire company.

Reduced Energy Bills

Recycling materials often comes with a range of other tactics and strategies which will make running your business more environmentally friendly. Seeing the benefits that recycling has on their company often prompts business owners and managers to implement a range of other good practices for being kind to the environment, for example using energysaving appliances or cutting down unnecessary energy use. As a result, business owners who not only recycle but also take this opportunity to make all of their company more ‘green’ with a range of eco-friendly processes can take advantage of some great cost-saving benefits.

There are many ways in which your business can benefit from recycling. With so many different materials now able to be recycled or re-used, it definitely makes sense for your business to save money whilst being kinder to the planet.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect those of EconMatters.

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