Let’s keep it green, folks. Keep it green.

At the Obsidian office, we know how to recycle. We have two separate trash bins – one for cans only and one for other materials – and keep a mountain of newspapers and magazines that are all recycled or donated to the Humane Society of of Memphis & Shelby County and the Humane Society of North Texas.

Recycling is the process of making new products from products that have already been used, thus extending the life and usefulness of something that has already served its original purpose. Most, but not all, products can be recycled. These include but are not limited to aluminum, batteries, biodegradable waste, clothing, electronics, glass, metals, paper and plastic.

The No. 1 reason to recycle is to protect and preserve the Earth’s environment. Recycling helps conserve our natural resources, reduces landfill space, conserve energy and reduce water and air pollution and the green house gas emissions that cause global warming. In addition, this growing trend is creating an industry and related jobs.

Recycling in the workplace can be made easy. You can provide bins that are clearly marked for recycling. If you do not have recycle pick-up at your office, you can assign someone each week to take it to a public drop-off center. There are five locations around Memphis, visit here for more details.

Recycling goes beyond just using bins. In the workplace, you can use energy-efficient light bulbs, recycle old printer cartridges and company cell phones, utilize emailing of documents instead of printing hard copies, print on both sides of the paper, use electronic posters and banners, use porcelain mugs instead of Styrofoam cups for coffee and bring lunch in a reusable container. These are just a few of the many ways to reduce your personal and company’s carbon footprint.