4 Things New Jersey Businesses Can Do to Stay Green

4 Things New Jersey Businesses Can Do to Stay Green

New Jersey is a beautiful place to run a business. After all, it isn’t called “The Garden State” for nothing. In an address made by Attorney General Abraham Browning of Camden County described New Jersey as “an immense barrel, filled with good things to eat and open at both ends, with Pennsylvanians grabbing from one end and the New Yorkers from the other […] it is the garden state”. When Browning said this in 1876 he had no idea the name would stick, and with its lush greenery, forests and coastline, one can see why the nickname is so fitting. If you own a business in New Jersey and you want to play your part in keeping the state beautiful by running a green business, here are four things you can do to go green.

Call an Oil Tank Removal Company

At the turn of the century, oil tanks were used as a primary way for providing heating to businesses in New Jersey and other east coast states. These tanks were buried underground and used petroleum as fuel. The problem is, they only have a life expectancy of about 100 years. Today, these tanks leak into the soil causing severe damage to Mother Nature. When this happens an oil tank removal company specializing in soil remediation must come out, perform oil tank inspection to locate the tank, extract the tank, and perform soil remediation services. Companies can act before the ground is contaminated by first having the property scanned for a leaking oil tank. If the coast is clear, you can rest easy knowing there is no risk to your property or to the environment.

Recycle and Encourage a Recycling Program

One way to go green is to have recycling bins at your place of business. If you have a large industrial facility place one in every department. One way to give employees an incentive to recycle is to hold contests to see which department recycles the most. Before the plastics and glass are collected, weigh the bins and at the end of each month give that department a catered meal or gift card. You can reduce your carbon footprint, and have fun at the same time!

Use Eco Friendly Products

Whether you are putting down new flooring, investing in new kitchenware for the office break room, or outfitting the sales floor with new desks and chairs, do your research and buy from green companies. You may not think that these things matter, but there are some factories, especially those in China and other countries that release obscene amounts of pollution into the atmosphere simply from making dinner plates and hardwood floor boards. Do research to find companies that get the green stamp of approval; the ones that use solar energy or other means to produce their goods.

Practice Sustainable Operations

Being green means operating in a sustainable manner. By using solar panels you can reduce impact on the planet and likely get a tax credit. You can even build rooftop gardens for growing produce to be used in the cafeteria.

Play Your Part

These are only a few of the things you can go to show the earth some love while getting some green integrity. Discover other ways to minimize your carbon footprint, and set an example for other businesses to follow in the beautiful Garden State we work in and call home.