Top 5 Benefits of Workplace Composting
1. Reduce Waste in Landfills
In many places, businesses, unlike residences, don't have access to any formal composting programs. This means that all waste is put into the garbage and sent to the landfill.
While cleaning for our clients, we noticed a large volume of organic waste generated in offices and discarded into the garbage. One Kitchener Clean client with staff of only 20-25 generated over 600 pounds of organic waste in just one year!
Not only do you have to pay to have this waste removed from the premises, but it also costs taxpayers to maintain landfills in the area. Not only that, but landfills are massive producers of methane, a harmful gas that is rapidly accelerating global climate change.
Improperly disposed of organic waste takes a huge toll on the environment.
2. Cleaner Air
According to Forbes, “When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane - a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Growing and transporting the food that goes to waste emits as much carbon pollution as 39 million passenger vehicles.”
Workplace composting can, therefore, make a huge impact in terms of reducing carbon your company’s carbon footprint. That’s one way everyone in the office can feel better - knowing they’re doing their part to make the world a better place!
Workplace composting leads to cleaner air.
3. Improved Employee Morale
It feels good to help the environment, and workplace composting can significantly boost employee morale. Consider this from Entrepreneur.com:
“Over the past ten years, consumers (aka employees) have become more interested in sustainability, more concerned about environmental threats and are more willing to take action and/or direct their dollars in ways that benefit (or don’t harm) the environment. Rates of recycling and composting have consistently been climbing, and people, businesses and governments are working to reduce waste through measures like charging for plastic bags, redistributing food leftovers and biking to work. “
Workplace composting unites employees on a common goal, and in the end, everyone feels better about it!
4. Get 14001 Certified
ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements.
These standards should be used by any organization that wishes to set up, improve, or maintain an environmental management system to conform with its established environmental policy and requirements.
This certification brings with it several benefits:
Improve resource efficiency
Drive down costs
Provide assurance that environmental impact is being measured
Gain competitive advantage in supply chain design
Increase new business opportunities
Meet legal obligations
Increase stakeholder and customer trust
Improve overall environmental impact
Manage environmental obligations with consistency
5. Healthier Office Gardens
As part of Kitchener Clean’s office composting program, organic waste is sent to our Worm Farm, where it becomes worm castings (a high grade fertilizer).
Clients can receive a portion of the worm castings generated to be used by any garden enthusiasts on staff. This is another morale booster, as these worm castings can be used to grow plants and vegetables around the office - and it has been shown that indoor plants actually make us feel better!
Even if you don’t take advantage of that, workplace composting helps local nurseries and garden centres, and you can begin to incorporate more plant life into the office. That helps make the area more attractive, and gives workers a mental health boost.
Plants in the office from workplace composting can make employees feel more positive!
Interested in Workplace Composting? Trust Kitchener Clean!
Workplace composting is catching on as businesses discover the many benefits of separating organics from the rest of the waste created in the office - and Kitchener Clean is here to help! We have, from our inception, been an environmentally friendly office care company. We help companies in Kitchener and surrounding areas get started with workplace composting.
Kitchener Clean is a locally owned and operated family business, so we treat our customers like we would treat our own family - with respect. We value integrity, consistency, and thoroughness with all of our clients.
Our reputation is important to us, so we guarantee all of our services. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, simply contact us and we will return within 24 hours to address your concern at no additional cost.
To get started with an office compost program, simply contact Kitchener Clean today for a free quote.
We even guarantee our response time. If we haven’t responded to any client communication within 24 hours of receiving it, we will offer you a free week of Office Care. That is how strongly we feel about the importance of communication and customer satisfaction. We will always stand behind our work. We guarantee it.
“We are currently using the compost program and they have been great as our company has grown and our usage increased. Very friendly and terrific service!” - Julie Gillespie
From its inception, Kitchener Clean has been an environmentally friendly office care company, and we also use non-toxic cleaning methods to keep you, your staff, and your clients breathing cleaner!