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The Importance of Trash Segregation in the Tech World

Between climate change and the vast global impact of consuming natural resources, it is up to each of us to do our part to save Mother Earth. But in today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to forget the impact each of our actions has on a larger scale—especially in the tech industry.

Tech companies use large amounts of electricity to power various machines and computers as well as offices fully occupied with staff. Beyond electricity, tech companies also consume vast amounts of water and natural gas to serve various corporate amenities like plumbing and heating.

These large corporations also produce a large quantity of trash that needs to be properly disposed of. These concerns can not only be a drain on the corporate bank account but also on Mother Earth.

Companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook have massive campuses that implement and encourage employees to reduce, reuse, and recycle. They are also sustainably powered by executing various energy conservation initiatives.

The Googleplex in Mountain View, CA offers Google bikes as an eco-friendly way to get around the massive campus.

Forest Interactive takes pride in participating in environmental awareness campaigns both in and out of the office. Despite not having as large a workspace as these tech titans, the company recognizes its place in the world and the need to do its part in saving our planet. Just recently, the company headquarters in Kuala Lumpur enforced a new recycling program.

Recycling Rainbow  

Three colored recycling bins have been placed around the different areas of the office. Each bin is uniquely colored so employees know to segregate their trash. A blue bin for clean, unsoiled paper is placed next to the office printer. A yellow bin for clean plastic bags and empty aluminum cans and a red bin for glass are placed next to one of the conference rooms.

Composting is also part of the recycling program. Because of this, a green composting bin is placed in the smoking area for food scraps and other biodegradable trash.

These small steps in trash segregation can lead to a much larger footprint over time. For every ton of paper recycled, 17 trees are spared. 380 gallons of oil, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water are also saved because of recycling.

Aluminum cans and glass bottles benefit the most from recycling since they practically last forever and can be recycled into new cans and bottles. This means that no energy is wasted in the production of new receptacles. This also minimizes the waste that ends up in our oceans.

With the convenient location of these recycle bins, Forest Interactive makes it easier for employees to segregate trash and save the environment.

Forest for the Environment 

The company recognizes the importance of ecology and environmental awareness, especially within the tech community. Apart from the recycling program, Forest Interactive also implements a daily Earth Hour. Every day, office lights are switched off from 12nn-1pm. This allows the entire office to conserve energy while most employees are out for lunch.

Forest Interactive also encourages employees to switch off bathroom lights and even the water main when not in use to contribute to the company’s energy conservation efforts.

Forest Interactive also minimizes the use of paper. Within the office, all employment forms, reports, and presentations are digitally reproduced. On the rare occasion that a printed sheet is required, all paper passes through the company’s recycling system.

At the end of the day, it is each person’s responsibility to take care of the Earth. And for every piece of paper, plastic bag, or glass bottle recycled, the Earth gets to live a little bit longer. These steps may seem like an inconvenience to some, but it will ensure the planet’s future.

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Chino Liao

The author Chino Liao

Chino Liao is a freelance writer and stand-up comedian based in Manila, Philippines.

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