Practicing Office Waste Segregation: A Hard Habit to Make?

Building managers carry heavy sets of baggage—one of those is waste management in buildings with complacent or incompetent corporate tenants. While recycling is not new and each rental space in a building has an office bin, waste segregation seems to be a hard habit to make in some small office corners.

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Recycling is Easy, Waste Segregation is kind of Hard

Time and time again, employees and tenants are reminded by building managers or waste management firms to not be wasteful—reduce, reuse, and recycle at all times. Although those three are often followed and performed by most tenants, one small but significant factor in effective building waste management is often dismissed or taken for granted, and that is waste segregation.

Sure, the basics may be easily familiarized by a first-grade student—separate the dry and wet, and you’re off to a good start already. Actually, there’s more to segregation than separating two different states of waste. Being nonchalant about segregation is more likely to lead to more wastage, both in terms of trash and money.

Contamination of Dry or Recyclable Materials

One factor that’s unknown to or dismissed by tenants is the possible contamination of recyclable or dry waste. Yes, even a certain type of garbage needs to be protected from other types of garbage.

Since recycling involves making use of reusable waste, segregation is vital in preserving the reusability of dry waste through the prevention of contamination. And for that reason, offices should never take waste segregation for granted.

Once your recyclable waste is contaminated, it’s as good as rejected trash—you wouldn’t want a recyclable material to end up in landfills, with no use for anyone at all, right?

How does dry waste get contaminated?

Simply, dry waste gets contaminated once it gets mixed with hazardous or rejected trash. For instance, if you’re using a yellow lid or blue recycling office bin, contamination is more likely to take place if you’re mixing plastic bags, wet waste, garbage bags, and food waste altogether in one large recycling office bin. read more

The Educational Purpose of Teaching Students about Recycling

At an early age, it is important for children to understand the value of recycling. If rubbish is not properly segregated the more it will contribute to a messy environment. With recycling, children will be able to benefit in reducing pollution and they will also learn a valuable lesson about waste disposal and management.

If you are a teacher or running an educational institution, it is best to teach your students the importance of recycling. You can slowly start off by adding recycling bins for schools.

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Here are the benefits from the lesson of recycling:

1. It will impact and increase their awareness about the environment

Teaching students that recycling helps save the environment will make them more aware that it is an important activity to follow and share with others. Teach them the basics, such as biodiversity preservation due to fewer trees being cut down to produce paper and reduction on air and water pollution because waste is disposed of properly. If you have students who care about the environment, teaching them about recycling will help them more. With the knowledge they have on recycling, they can tell their families and friends to help recycle too.

2. They will learn how to conserve materials

When it comes to making school work, especially ones for subjects like science or arts in crafts, students will be using a lot of materials, such as paper or plastics. If it is not used, they can just easily throw it away, this is the first step that leads to damaging the environment. Teach your students that they can save the paper for future purposes, or if they made a plastic cup holder for a project, they can use it at their homes instead of buying a new one.

3. They will look at recycling as a fun and interesting method

Children love fun activities and teaching them the importance of recycling can be done in a fun way. You can come up with class activities such as painting outdoor recycling bins for the school, labeling different recycle containers with “paper”, “plastic”, or “glass” or coming up with a fun school cleaning activity. You can also utilise lessons about recycling through subjects like science, art, geography, and more. read more