Talking About Preventing and Reversing Environmental Damage
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Talking About Preventing and Reversing Environmental Damage

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Talking About Preventing and Reversing Environmental Damage

4 Tips For Getting A Recycling Program Up & Running At Your Factory Or Plant

Sarah King

If you work for a factory, and you are really passionate about recycling, you may be able to get your job to start an industrial recycling program. Here are four tips that will help you get a factor-wide recycling program up and running at the factor you work at.

#1 Get Senior Management On Board

One of the most important things that you need to do is get the senior management at your factory on board. In order for the recycling program you start to last, you need more than just a token commitment from senior management. You need to have members of the senior management who are committed to developing and implementing long-term sustainability strategies within the company. You need individuals who will stand up for the recycling program and work to bring other senior members on board. With an initiative like this, it helps to start at the top.

Write up a plan that provides details about what materials you believe your factor currently throws away as waste products that could be recycled. Research and find out what it would take to recycle these items. Create a plan that shows how the recycling plan could be implemented in detail in at least one department, with a general plan for the areas of the factor that you do not know as well.

Approach a member of the senior management team that you know well and ask if you can set up a meeting to pitch them the idea. Starting with one individual gives you time to fine-tune your pitch before you present it to the entire senior management board. If you can get the initial senior management member on board, ask them if you can present your ideas to the entire team at a senior management meeting. 

#2 Find Someone To Champion The Program

Next, you need to find someone who is willing to champion the program. You need someone who has a real go-getter attitude for this position and who is able to rally others around their ideas. This individual does not have to be in management at all; it just needs to be someone who is good at getting other people on board and has the energy to dedicate time to a new project.

Watch the employees around you and see who stands out. Maybe ask the senior management partner you are working with for suggestions. This is the phase where you want to find high-energy individuals who can move the idea forward and possibly offer additional insight to work with. 

#3 Create A Team

Then you need to create a team to implement your ideas. Make sure that the team is made up of different members that span different areas of your factory. For example, try to get someone from each department in your factor to join the team. You need a team leader or spoke person to help get the employees on each division on board with the program.

Ask the heads of each department in your factor is there is anyone who they think would be interested in sphere-heading this initiative. Send out an email or memo to all plant managers that gives a basic overview of the position and includes your desire to have all areas of the plant represented. Provide a way for department heads to send their suggestions and ideas for team members to you. Follow up on the leads that you get from the department heads. 

If you still need assistant building a team, put up a flyer or send out a memo to all the employees at the factor, detailing that you are spearheading a recycling initiative and are looking for individuals to help work out how to implement the program on a departmental level and who can explain the program to their co-workers. 

As a team, figure out what items that you currently throw away could be recycled in each department and come up with a system for recycling these materials that will be easy for other employees to implement as they work. This may take a while; you are going to need to look at how each department operates and figure out a way to blend recycling into the actions in that area of the factor without hurting production. You may need to take the ideas that you come together and run them by senior management to get their feedback and approval, as this program may require employees to make changes to their work process. 

#4 Create An Education Program

Once you have the leadership set up for a recycling program, the next step is to educate everyone at your factor about the program. 

Work one department at a time, and educate those workers on what is going to change in their department. Let them know what scraps that they have previously been throwing out that they will now be disposing of differently. Help invest them in the idea by sharing how the materials they are recycling will be used and repurposed after they are recycled. Make sure that it is easy for the employees to recycle. 

Check back in with the employees in your factor and with the team heads to see how the recycling program is going. You may have to make minor adjustments as you implement the program to make it work effectively for your factory. Talk to a company such as Norm Gordon & Associates, Inc. for additional help.