How to facilitate your waste sorting

Save both energy and natural resources

Everyone benefits from waste sorting. Not only can batteries and other hazardous waste be disposed of in a safe way, waste sorting also contributes to environmental benefits at the manufacturing stage. Because it is both more energy and resource efficient to create new paper from recycled material than to first burn up old paper and then cut down a lot of trees to have as raw material in the new paper.

Start by sorting out the most dangerous
So how do you get started? A good tip is to start with what causes the most damage: the environmentally and health hazardous waste. Some products contain substances that are toxic, explosive or flammable, and consequently harmful to humans and the environment. Used batteries, low energy lamps, fluorescent lamps, computers and other electrical waste are examples of waste that should be separated and left at the recycling center in your municipality. Place the hazardous waste in suitable containers while waiting for disposal / collection.

Make it easy at the workplace
The more we recycle, the better for the environment. So make it easier for your employees by placing recycling bins at a convenient distance from their workplaces. In office environments, it is a good idea to have a bin for paper under each desk and in the printer room. In the workshop and in the warehouse, environmental stations are strategically located close to the places where waste materials are generated. And when it comes to the number of containers, the rule is: the more the merrier – because then the probability increases that each item ends up in the right place.

Make it clear in the lunch room
Waste sorting has a certain place in the lunch room. Separating packaging of plastic, glass and metal from other waste is of great benefit – just like letting food waste become biogas. Use clear labels or containers with different colors on the lids, to facilitate the sorting. By using a waste sorting cabinet with several containers in one, the sorting will not be more difficult than it used to be when everything was thrown into the same container.

Put the residual waste in a classic rubbish bin
The residual waste that is to go to incineration is advantageously placed in a classic refuse container that is easy to both empty and clean. The bins are available in several different sizes, but they are all made of durable and UV-resistant HDPE and have large wheels that make them very easy to move.

Use dump containers for the bulky waste
When it comes to waste sorting in a larger scale – of heavier materials or for collection of all different types of waste sorted at the workplace – tipping skips are an excellent choice. These robust containers are available in different sizes, from 150 to 3,000 liters volume, all designed for heavy-duty handling and use with forklift trucks. They are also available in several different colors to facilitate sorting. Add lids, castors, labels and other functional accessories that make it easy to do make it right, even with the heaviest and roughest waste.

Four tips to get started with waste sorting:

1. Start with the dangerous – Clean out batteries, light bulbs, electrical waste, etc. from the rest of the waste.

2. Make it clear – Use recycling labels or containers in different colors for different types of waste.

3. Multiple bins in one – If there is space, choose a cabinet with several waste containers. In this way, it becomes as easy to sort and recycle as it was previously when throwing all waste into the same bin – plus it will look great!

4. Have several environmental stations – Make sure that employees always have an environmental station easily accessible, close to their own workplace as well as in the changing and lunch room.

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