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2. Explain how recycling programs can make an extra buck on the sideMany of today’s business owners are of an older generation and may not even be aware of the financial benefits when comes to becoming a more sustainable organization. Without an effective recycling program in place, your organization could be throwing away thousands of dollars every year. When companies make sustainable choices and implement recycling programs, they have the potential to sell their recyclable waste for alternative uses. This helps organizations earn back the money that was used to finance the program, and can even generate more money than the original cost. Here are just some of those items that can be recycled for cash:
- Scrap metal: Copper, steel and aluminum.
- Car batteries
- Wine corks
- Bottles and cans: By returning cans and bottles you can redeem cash, roughly 5-10 cents a bottle.
- Gift cards
- Electronics: Even if the phone is broken, companies will take it to be disposed of properly. Many cell phone providers will trade electronics for gift cards.
- Ink cartridges
- Tennis balls: There are 300 million tennis balls manufactured each year from rubber that is not biodegradable. A small company, called “Rebounces” will give you money in exchange for tennis balls.
Bonus tip: Add a compost stream to your recycling program and start collecting organics and you can really make a difference. If you’re interested in starting a recycling program at your organization, check out our tips to help convince your boss to start a recycling program.Take this quiz to find out.
4. Seek out recycling grantsThere’s lots of FREE money out there to help get your recycling program started. Even if you cannot get full funding initially, your region may have matching grants available where the company is responsible for matching a percentage of the funds provided. When it comes to initial funding to start a recycling program, many businesses may not have the budget available. That’s why it is so important to look into start-up grants that are available through your state or province. Whether it’s a government green grant for recycling businesses or other types of programs that are more generic, there is lots of money out there for the taking. You just have to do a little bit of research on which funding programs you may be eligible for. For a list of recycling grants available in North America check out: https://cleanriver.com/blog/recycling-grants/ and our FREE eBook: How to Get A Recycling Program.
For more ways to get involved with recycling, waste diversion, and waste reduction, check out our blogs:
- The 6 Things Your Recycling Program Is Probably Missing
- 5 Steps On How To Get A Recycling Grant
- How Do You Recycle Cardboard? 6 Tips For Your Facility To Get It Right