Full Recycling Participation

Lately I have been working late a lot in order to stay on top of everything which can be good for our Chicago office.  When I am the last one to leave at night I like to go around and make sure computer monitors and the lights are turned off.  However, I have started noticing something recently that has me wondering…

 Have you ever worked late enough in your office for the nightly clean up crew to come in?  They go from floor to floor and company to company in our building collecting garbage, vacuuming or doing whatever else needs to be done.  A few nights ago “being green” got the best of me and I couldn’t help but wonder…Do they turn off the lights when they leave?  What kinds of chemicals do they use to clean everything?  And one question that I have been stuck on the most is, when they collect the trash and the recycling, are they keeping is separate?  This one really bothers me. 

In the end it seems as though we can only do so much as a company to recycle such as putting out separate bins and educating our employees on why this is something important.  But when it really comes down to everything being taken out how do we know if they are staying in separate bins or going into the same trash can that goes around on the cleaning cart? 

I am going to start paying closer attention on those nights that I work late and I would encourage everyone else to do so as well.  Without 100% participation and education from everyone our efforts would all be wasted.  How can we may sure we are fully green from top to bottom?

About Casey McCarthy

Casey has been a member of the Softchoice Green Team since early 2009, when she was recognized for her contributions to reducing Softchoice's carbon footprint in 2008.