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What Costs Are Involved In Starting A Business Recycling Program?

Before you begin to plan a recycling program for you business, you may want to know what the associated costs are for starting and maintaining a recycling program. Here are some of the potential costs you'll encounter, along with areas of savings that you may have. 

Recycling Bins 

Before you can start recycling, you may need to invest in recycling bins and signage to indicate what goes where. Some recycling services offer specialized signposts and stickers to go along with their bins. Also consider whether you have enough space in your office for recycling, or whether you need to clear out space or add additional space. 

Recycling Pickups

There are a few ways to do recycling pickups for a business. Many business owners decide to do a full-service recycling program. These companies will pick up your recyclable materials on a regular basis, sort them for you, and deliver them to the appropriate recycling facilities. This is a good way to go if you don't want to invest regular manpower to sorting and delivering recyclables. It also cuts down on the extra work of correcting employees' mistakes when recycling into the wrong containers. And a full-service recycling center is a great idea because not all recycling companies can accept all recyclable materials. But if you're on a budget, you might decide to sort the bins yourself or recycle only a few types of materials (such as plastic and paper). 

Employee Time

It's going to take some time for your employees to fully adopt a new recycling program. Consider the time spent training employees and following up to make sure that everyone is participating in the recycling program. It may help to invest in some incentives for employees who do a great job in the new program. 


It's not all negative when it comes to the costs of recycling programs. In many cases, you can save a lot on your business waste program because you won't have as much volume in the dumpster. This means you may be able to schedule less frequent pickups or opt for a smaller dumpster size. You may be able to avoid certain landfill taxes and take advantage of local and national incentive programs for business sustainability. 

Understanding the costs of starting a recycling program can be complex; there are many sources of savings and expense to consider. Consider all of these factors when deciding whether or not recycling services like Toronto Recycle-It Resource Recovery are affordable to you.