Welcome to April! The birds are chirping, Twins games have started again, and it's officially Earth Month! Even though we work to protect the environment year-round at Tech Dump, we are always particularly excited for our Earth Month events and partnerships.
Even if you're not a recycling company, your business can also take steps to help protect the environment beyond just Earth Month. Here are a few tips:
Make recycling as convenient as possible:
Studies have shown that simply by placing a recycling bin next to a trash bin, participation rates increase dramatically. If a person has to walk too far to recycle, that paper or bottle is more likely to end up in the trash. Thankfully, the BizRecycling program offers some very generous grants to help businesses get set up (and even save money given Ramsey County's trash tax).
We have taken advantage of this program, and our team particularly appreciates the stickers with photos of what is accepted in our recycling as it can be different from their home recycling bin. If you already have bins, you can still order the labels for free.
Always ask if you really need to buy new:
This step of going green can also save you some green. Before you order a new desk or chair online, see if member Arc’s Value Village might have a good option for you. Need a new computer, monitor, or other electronic device? Check out our bargains on refurbished electronics at our Tech Discounts retail stores. The manufacturing of materials uses a significant amount of resources, so the farther we can extend the useful life of items, the better.
Stop asking if you can recycle it:
Perhaps this isn’t a tip you would expect for Earth Month, but I challenge you to change your question from “can I recycle this?” to “can I reuse this?” If you use 20 plastic water bottles, it is great that you put them in your recycling bin. Ideally, however, you would use a glass water bottle and refill it (or my favorite is the kind that keeps cold for 48 hours!). A trusty reusable coffee mug will always win over splurging on the compostable coffee cups.
And these aren’t just tips for your office—you can apply them at home, suggest them for your child’s school, or implement them at the nonprofit where you volunteer. Never underestimate the impact of taking small steps. When we all do so together, we make a world of difference. Now, let’s go celebrate Earth Month!