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Improve a recycling policy in your company to meet your environmental OHS Act responsibilities!

by , 07 March 2013
It's World Water Week. What better time to make sure your business complies with your environmental responsibilities as set out by the Occupational Health and Safety or OHS Act? Here's how to start by improving your company's recycling policy...

Businesses are slowly starting to realise they have an obligation to care for not just their employees but also the environment, says FSP Business.
 
For example, Japan, the third largest economy in the world, has started to take an interest in water technology markets and innovative water companies.
 
That's because at Singapore International Water Week 2012, a key take-away was the emergence of ceramic membranes for water treatment, reports the Ecopreneurist.
 
This will help with purifying and sanitising water and saving this natural resource.
 
And you have to put similar waste management principles into place in your company today. 
 
Because FSP Business reports that by 2015, 80% of South Africa's fresh water resources will be so badly polluted that no process of purification available in the country will be able to make it fit for consumption.
 
Scary stuff. 
 
That's why Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told an International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora conference in Thailand on Monday that businesses need to pay more attention to the environment.
 
And the easiest way to get started is to manage your company's waste. It may seem like a huge task, but you just need to know where to start.
 
Here's how you can manage waste in your company - and meet your OHS Act responsibilities by doing so
 
Have you noticed how much paper is wasted in your company? Reams and reams of paper are chewed up each day when they're used to print multiple copies of the same document – which are then thrown away.
 
If you can't make a shift to keeping those documents on screen instead, it's time to implement a recycling programme in your company today.
 
Recycling can even generate additional income for your business, because recycling companies pay for recyclable waste, says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
 
So what are you waiting for? 
 
Implement a recycling programme in your company today!
 
It's easy to get started, says WasteCare.
 
The most important step is to promote the recycling programme within your company.
 
Use the waste products to do so.
 
To promote paper recycling, for example, write 'recycle me' on any pages that are printed with just a single line of text and stick them up near your office printer.
 
You can also add the 'Protect the environment / think before printing' footer to your company's email messages (you can download the footer for free here).
 
ThinkBeforePrinting, which is the company behind this message, says, 'Every day, people hit the print button without really considering why. Often it's because we're used to seeing things on paper we have some irrational desire to hoard information 'so we've got it to hand', but so often this spontaneous compulsion to print is unnecessary.'
 
Food for thought.
 
Start recycling today. You'll be surprised how much less paper is wasted in your company, and you'll be meeting your OHS Act responsibilities by doing so!

Turn to your Health and Safety Advisor for more on waste recycling in your company. We'll show you step-by-step how to create your own waste recycling programme . 

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