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Published:October 18th, 2011 15:34 EST
It is Time For Companies to Go Green!

It is Time For Companies to Go Green!

By Tom Ski

Readers, we have been speaking about a seriously amazing online news service called The Green Register, and the response has been phenomenal.  It is truly a great sight when the world comes together to do all they can to create an environmentally friendly world.  Each week, as promised, we will highlight yet another aspect of The Green Register - and since there are hundreds of amazing articles and sections that relate to all areas of eco-friendly, green causes - our coverage will be varied and in-depth for a good long time to come.

This week, we are going to cover how all businesses out there around the world can go  `green,` and help save the environment.  There are very few and remarkably easy steps to get your company or organization on the path of going  `green,` and becoming a huge part of what it takes to save the world as we know it.  Accountability, responsibility and reliability are the things needed to make your company`s recycling program a huge success.  First of all, you must find the right person to head up the program.  It`s easy to narrow this down; after all, the recycling coordinator needs very specific gifts.  The person chosen must be enthusiastic about the environment and making the program work for your company.  They must be well-organized and a great communicator, so that they can bring home the fact that recycling is a must inside your company`s doors.  They must be able to oversee and maintain all the  `green` programs you put into place, and must have contact with all the company`s waste management service people, including the janitorial staff, garbage collectors, and waste haulers. The very real upside for the boss is the fact that this chosen person will need to spend only about one or two hours per month to make sure that this program is successful for your company.  Not to mention, there are many volunteers in every organization that will truly believe in going  `green` and will want to help.

Secondly, a company needs to decide what to collect.  In essence, the coordinator just has to figure out what supplies the company has on hand, what the employees use, and what is the largest material that makes up your company`s specific waste products. (Computer paper, cans, batteries, etc.)  Once the products have been accounted for, the coordinator simply chooses the best collection method for your specific business by asking themselves very specific questions.  Such as, if things need to be separated or can the recyclables be combined?  How many bins should be present in the workplace?  And how to make sure that all employees know about the program and how it is run.

Now it is time to choose a hauling option.  Once the company and its employees understand what is being recycled and how, determining how to haul away the recyclables can be one of the most difficult points of going  `green.`  But it is not impossible to sort out.  There are many places available that make it far easier for companies to set up their offices including: Drop-Off Recycling Locations, where the coordinator or volunteers can drop off materials.  And the fantastic websites for individual cities can help find the best locations, which is coming in the next couple of weeks.  Not to mention, give a full overview on prices per recyclable, hours of operations, and payment options.  And the money earned from the recycling program can be used to reimburse your recycling coordinator. Or, to create a fund for office events and parties. There are not only Drop-Off Locations, there are also Pick-Up Providers in place for larger companies. If your company can produce the amount of recyclables required for a service such as this, that would be the way to go.   

And businesses always need to remember that organization is the most crucial item to recycling. No matter what type of program is implemented in the company, clearly-labeled plastic bins placed around the office WILL be used.  Now all the coordinator has to do is keep monitoring the program, and make sure that all employees know that going  `green` is a huge benefit to the rest of the world - not to mention your company.

Being creative and promoting the program through fun and education can make your company go  `green` almost overnight, and the economical value - the savings for the company - is fantastic.  Also, companies have a huge issue when it comes to recycling electronics.  While advances in technology give consumers and businesses the availability to upgrade to newer, sleeker and more energy-efficient electronics, it is important to remember that older electronic units and devices may not have reached the end of their usefulness.       

Computer equipment is incredibly important for businesses to recycle.  On average, an owner keeps a laptop for a maximum of three years, and will even destroy their cell phone after only two years. However, many televisions, computers, computer monitors, mobile phones and other electronics are still in good working condition and can be recycled, refurbished or donated to schools and charities. There is a vibrant, for-profit secondary market for recent models of laptop computers, desktop computers and cell phones - because these particular products retain a very significant value.  There are many companies that can discuss how to secure a hard drive, and how to delete all media before disposing of the items to avoid any physical destruction of the machines.  There are many recyclers who are out there to ensure safety and proper disposal, and companies NEED to use their services to do their part to clean up the environment.     

Also, for a brief recap that all businesses truly need to know about - The Green Register offers a Green Certification for businesses through it`s non-profit " The Institute of Sustainability, TIOS ,which donates a portion of the licensing rights to ten worthy eco-friendly charities every year.   

Now, to explain the TIOS Certification to you is quite simple and should be invested in by your company.  TIOS`s mission is two-fold. For consumers, TIOS wants to help them Save the Planet and Save Money.  For businesses, TIOS is concentrating on helping businesses to Save the Planet and Sell More There are still many who have not been motivated enough to join something THIS important - the need to preserve our planet - thus, TIOS has been formed to educate businesses and consumers on how a great green strategy is also great for their checkbooks.    

Through the Green Certification process, TIOS hopes to aid all companies in reaching increased eco-friendly practices and processes by staging certification levels and educating companies on how they can make the specific changes necessary to reach the higher level certifications.     

Suffice to say, all companies should Go for Certification when it comes to TIOS, and start today!  If every company made it a mission to save the environment - AND increase their business ten-fold - then not only would the economy improve, but the generations coming up behind would have far more to look forward to.   

Until Next Time, Everybody   

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