When looking at Recycling and Waste Management, Recycling is the opposite to Waste.
Recycling creates opportunities, whereas waste eliminates long term resource reuse opportunities. For recycling to be successful resources need to be separated prior to collection. With the correct equipment and tenant training, success is assured and long term waste management costs are minimised.
Separating resources means cleaners equipment may need to be modified. Currently cleaners dispose of one waste bin and may move paper recycling bins out for a weekly collection. Different coloured receptacles will need to be supplied within offices. Cleaners will need to be able to move multiple resources in different bags or bins simultaneously. They will need a trolley to manage their changed work processes.
Facility managers need to supply receptacles for their tenants. As tenants change, recycling does not have to be interrupted as equipment will be in place. Each new tenant will need to go through the recycling training (see training) and sign off for facility management records.
Many different businesses constitute commercial properties.
Tenants differ in participation levels. Many become thoroughly involved in the recycling process. However, issues arise in cases where a small percentage rebel against the Recycling Process. These tenants hold the argument that recycling costs them time, which they go on to relate to a simplistic economic argument.
Recording training - by having tenants sign off on, in a recycling record - allows facility managers to achieve their goal of waste separation. This is done by recognising situations where waste is being repetitively placed in the incorrect receptacles.
When these resources are contaminated recyclers cannot sell, thus the value of the resource is destroyed. This then leads to the ncessary expense of hiring costly labour to separate these resources in all commercial properties. This is the case in a broad range of businesses - from hotels and office blocks, to shopping centres and apartments.
Compliance is a necessity.