Step Seven: Kick Off Your Program

Employee participation is critical to success. Gain the support and active participation of upper management immediately. Employees who see their boss reducing, reusing and recycling are more likely to participate. Make participation easy: educate everyone about the program. One good way is to post instructional signs throughout the company.

Announce and Promote the Program

  • Make an announcement at your next staff meeting, post a message on company bulletin boards or send an e-mail announcing the start of the new or improved program. Follow these steps:
  • Announce the commitment to reduce waste, recycle and purchase environmentally preferred products.
  • Spell out the new program procedures clearly.
  • Introduce the program coordinator and provide his or her phone number and/or e-mail address.
  • Encourage employees to share innovative ideas and solutions.
  • Launch your program with a special event or staff party. Then promote the program both internally and throughout your community. Signs and posters as well as newsletters and community newspapers can get your message out. Let us know at Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling what you are doing, and see how we might be able to help get the word out.

Hold Training Sessions

Staff meetings are ideally suited for training sessions. Both the coordinator and management should be involved answering questions, providing encouragement and discussing the program's needs and successes. Provide employees with a list of materials currently accepted (or specifically rejected) by the recycling program, along with brief instructions on topics such as collection locations and material handling methods.