Holiday sales are supposed to keep going up, and while you have some great gifts, you also will need to figure out how to get rid of the waste and recycle it too. Recycling is great for reducing the pollution, keeping the resources and energy levels lower, and also prevents the landfills from filling with more trash. Most trash is actually in the form of packaging materials, and we actually get rid of our weight in the form of packaging every month or so. that’s why it’s important to make sure that you do recycle, since that of course, can save you a ton of pounds, especially after the holiday season. How can businesses encourage recycling though? What can they do to make this easier for the person to get excited about? Let’s find out.
Get Customers to recycle
Most people have a recycling bin, but the thing is, it rarely gets used. Most of the time, they have to bring this to a different place just to recycle it. It’s important as well to note that you cannot recycle anything that’s contaminated, so you have to clean this, and it’s important to make sure that the quality is good.
What can you toss into the recycling bin though? Some of the options include.
- Boxes when you break them down
- Packing slips, cards, and envelopes
- Paper inserts and other paper dunnage
- Tissue paper
- Wrapping paper that isn’t metallic
If you’re looking to recycle certain things, you may have to bring it to a drop-off location, especially if it’s a packaged delivery.
Some of these include:
-poly or bubble mailers
Air pillows or bubble wrap when deflated
There are certain things that you can reuse. If you send the orders in a box that’s branded, you may want to make it so that they keep it, instead of throwing this into the trash. Keeping the packaging a and reusing it is also good.
You can use packing peanuts, the bubble wrapping, and other supplies as well for future shipping, especially if you plan to pack your own items, and a whole lot more.
How else to cut down
There are a few things that you can do as a retailer too in order to get people to cut down on their waiting.
The first, is trying to use materials that are sustainable. They offer post-consumer kinds of recycled content, and also eco-friendly packaging options even for boxes that are branded, so that you can actually talk the talk about being sustainable, which is something a lot of companies struggle with achieving.
The second thing is trying to make it so that buying in bulk is better. Rather than just ordering everything in more than one box, have them order it, and put it inside one box. This not only saves them and you money on shipping, you can actually offer discounts in bulk, and by using the right box, you can also reduce the materials that are used for packaging.
Finally, you want to try to make sure that you’re not going to extreme places with all of this and using too many resources. For those that deliver their own items, make sure to use different calculators to help with making sure that you optimize the traveling that you do, and also make sure to make deliveries happen, and try to avoid the redeliveries. You should also try to avoid making the carbon footprint any larger.
Try to minimize the returns as well, so that you don’t have to go out to get it.