Nova Scotia business owners are responsible by law to provide receptacles that allow the public or employees to sort waste. Improperly sorted waste costs more money, may result in the waste being rejected and is against the law.
Clearly define roles and responsibilities for your staff and help them understand why they need to sort waste. Include the procedures and guidelines for your recycling program in all employee orientation and occupational health and safety sessions.
Different municipalities can have different sorting rules, so ensure that you have current copies of your municipality’s waste sorting guides and have -them posted clearly for your employees to use as a reference.
Work with your staff to determine the kinds of waste that you generate, and where they are currently being put so you can target which items you can reduce, reuse, recycle or compost.
Training your staff regularly and ensuring new employees know ‘what goes where’ is essential to your success.
Talk to your staff; find out who wants to lead the recycling challenge for your business.
Make it easy for customers to sort waste. Set up properly designed bins for sorting organics, recyclables and garbage.
Recycling containers should be clearly marked with illustrated signs at eye level. Customising the signs with photographs of your business waste will help customers and staff sort waste properly.
Promote your business’s recycling efforts in-house, and in your community through the media and local events.
For more information, contact the Waste Diversion Coordinator at 902-875-3544 ext.240.