If you’ve ever been concerned about your office’s environmental impact, these recycling tips should give you some relief. From taking care and discretion when disposing of toner cartridges, to investing in an eco-friendly coffee machine or reusing old brochures, there are many ways to lighten the load on landfills and help Mother Nature.
1) Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Reducing what you waste and reusing items as much as possible is a great way for anyone to reduce their impact on the environment. Most households are moving in this direction; however, it is less common when people get to work.
2) Install a baling machine
Using a baling machine, you can significantly reduce the amount of space needed to store recyclable material before it is collected. The baler compacts the material into bundles that are held securely using baling wire.
3) Use a shredder
Depending on how confidential your office documents are, you might be able to use a shredder to make sure that they can never be read again. This is an especially good idea if you have any sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, or credit card details.
4) Go paperless
These days, there’s no reason to print anything that isn’t absolutely necessary to the business, but as levels of paper consumption continue to rise, it might be worthwhile to start thinking about moving your paper-intensive operations online. Paper usage is projected to double in less than two decades, so any way in which you can reduce the amount you use is beneficial.
5) Encourage waste-free lunches
Encourage your staff to choose lunches that have less waste. If you provide facilities where your team can prepare their own food, they are less likely to bring repacked food that has a lot of packaging.
6) Treat tap water with care
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted annually due to leaks in the US. Fix those leaks, but in the meantime, make sure to use cold water for washing and hot water for cleaning when possible, as well as turn off taps when they are not being used.
7) Create a reuse station
If you have a lot of items that need to be reused, consider creating a separate location or space where any reusable items can be dropped in. Also, make sure that everyone knows they can use them.
8) Put bins where it counts
Providing centralized bins that include recycling containers is vital to any recycling drive. However, the bins must be placed in useful locations if you want in improve recycling rates.
9) Measure changes
It’s important to measure your success at recycling and make sure you identify areas for further improvement. You can do this with a benchmarking system. Make a note of what you’re doing, how much it saves, and any additional benefits you might see from recycling such as reduced water and electricity bills.
Solving the problem of how to reduce office waste is a big task; but people can start by making a few simple changes in their daily routines. Even the smallest changes make a difference.