Saving the planet may be the last thing on your mind when sat at your desk bleary-eyed and in need of coffee on a hot morning. Nevertheless, it is extremely important, not to mention dreadfully easy, to reduce your waste at work. Moreover, by reusing and recycling company resources and materials, you will save the office heaps of money.

  

Reduce

Offices go through paper like there’s no tomorrow, and whilst paper is recyclable, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to cut down the amount we use. There are so many really simple ways to achieve this, which basically involve using less paper.

We now have a wealth of technology at our fingertips. So, instead of making up physical folders, try storing everything in an electronic file. If the documents need to be shared with the rest of your coworkers, there are plenty of online tools out there to help. Google Drive, Dropbox and many other similar apps allow you to create online folders that you can share with your colleagues – collaborating has never been so easy and accessible!

Replace the old dog-eared notepad with a smart electronic tablet. You can quickly type up any notes from meetings on a built-in notebook app without contributing to the enormous landfill problem. If you’re still a stickler for pen and paper, reduce your waste by reusing scrap paper for rough note taking. When you only use one side of the page, pop it to one side for later use.

Meanwhile, office printing waste can be cut in half by changing the settings to duplex, or double-sided.

  

Reuse

Sometimes, when it comes to upholding a brand, reusing office stationery can be completely out of the question. Nevertheless, where appropriate, offices can make more of an effort to reuse valuable resources – not only is it cost-effective, but it also reduces your rubbish immensely. 

Invest in some sticky labels to place across the addresses on old envelopes and remember to remove paperclips from documents before throwing them away.

It would also be a good idea to encourage your staff members to purchase a reusable coffee mug for their morning latte – those daily Starbucks cups certainly add up in your bin. Moreover, some chains offer discount to those eco-conscious members of the community who bring their own cup.

   

Recycle

It’s hard to break bad habits, and implementing a recycling initiative at your workplace can be difficult, but it’s definitely not impossible.

Position your recycling bins in visible, easily accessible spaces. Ensuring that recycling is convenient will do wonders when increasing the amount employees recycle. For example, pop a paper waste bin next to the printer for those print jobs that never get collected.

Another good idea is to ban all personal bins. This may cause initial backlash but by having plenty of recycling bins for different materials dotted around the room, you will eventually change the way employees think before throwing things away (plus they’ll probably stretch their legs more often, which is good for their wellbeing).

   

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