A Guide to Composting in the Workplace

Organics for Composting

We partnered with Kimberly-Clark Professional*, a preferred supplier for HP Products, to present the content in today’s blog post.

Sustainability isn’t just an idea anymore; it’s a way of life, even in the workplace. While most workplaces have recycling programs, another way for workplaces to reduce their waste is to compost. It’d be frowned upon to throw those break-room coffee grounds in the recycle bin, but they would be great for compost.

Composting at Work?

When people think of composting, many may think of what a gardener might do with organic waste, such as yard clippings and spoiled tomatoes – not necessarily something they could do at work. However, what you might no know is that materials derived from an organic base can also be considered organic material.

For example, paper towels originate from trees and thus are classified as organic material. And paper towels are something workplaces go through a lot of. That’s where towel and tissue manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Professional comes in. They partnered with Keep America Beautiful and the US Composting Council to create a Guide to Workplace Composting.

Download the free Guide to Workplace Composting to learn how to implement a program at your workplace.

The 6 C’s to Composting

Get a composting program started at your workplace with this 6-step checklist.

1.    CONFIRM Availability of Organics Collection

Once you have gathered support for the program, contact your local waste hauler to check if they have a collection program for organics.

2.    CONDUCT a Waste Audit

A waste characterization study will help you understand what kind of waste is being generated at your facility and how much of it. This will help you begin to identify where you can begin composting.

3.    CONSIDER What Equipment You Need and Where

  • What types of bins will be used and where will they be placed?
  • What signage will be used to remind employees and visitors where certain materials should go? For example, this composting quick guide could be placed above bins.
  • Can you replace single-use disposable foodservice items such as plates and cutlery with compostable-friendly options?

4.    CREATE Employee Engagement

A workplace composting program without the support of employees will not get far. Educate employees and generate engagement by setting monthly goals and providing rewards when the goals are reached.

5.    COMMENCE Composting

This is the fun part! After employees have been instructed on what they can and cannot compost, start seeing how much waste you are diverting from landfills as the compost bins begin to fill.

6.    CONTINUE the Program

Once the program is underway, continue to monitor its progress and look for ways it could be improved. Remember to share the success of the program with employees to keep engagement levels high.

Ready to Reduce Your Landfill Footprint?

Join the growing number of companies reporting on their sustainable initiatives and start a composting program at your workplace. Together, HP Products and Kimberly-Clark Professional are continuously looking for new ways to help end-users meet their sustainability goals. How can we help you? Let us know.

A Guide to Workplace Composting

Can’t get enough of sustainability? Check out these Kimberly-Clark paper products made from alternative fibers. The products are made from rapidly renewable fibers – the perfect compliment to your workplace composting program!

Resources

http://www.kcprofessional.com/sustainability

http://compostingcouncil.org/

https://www.kab.org/

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Courtney Petesch

Marketing Specialist at HP Products
Courtney Petesch is the Marketing Specialist for HP Products, a distributor of 50,000 facility maintenance products throughout the Midwest. Courtney has over 5 years of experience managing e-commerce product content and merchandising, overseeing social media initiatives, executing email marketing campaigns and evaluating analytics.

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