8 Tips to Boost Office Recycling and Eliminate Waste
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#1: Add More Items
There is much more than just paper and cans that can be recycled. E-waste is a huge contributor to landfills, but much of it can actually be recycled, reclaimed or repurposed. Check with your municipality to see what types of items you may be able to save from being dumped in a landfill, including batteries, light bulbs and printer cartridges.
#2: Keep Organics Separate
Reduce the waste your office is producing instantly by adding in a separate bin for organic waste. All it is going to cost you is the price of a second bin, but it could have a significant impact on the overall amount of waste. Food scraps, coffee grinds and paper towels can all be tossed into the compostables bin.
#3: Put Recycling Bins in A Central Area
#4: Get on Board with Litter-Less Lunches
Promote litter-less lunches in the office by setting employees up with reusable lunch bags and containers. “You won’t be able to control whether or not they actually use them, but if they have them on hand, they are more likely to actually put them to use. Giving people the tools they need sets them up for success,” outlines Marketer Frederick Williams of WriteMyX and NextCourseWork. Encourage employees to be more mindful of the waste they are bringing into the office and brainstorm options for reducing that lunchtime waste.
#5: Reuse Coffee Cups
It is hard to get through the workday without at least a few cups of coffee, but that does not mean that disposable cups need to be in the picture. Encourage employees to bring their favorite mugs into work and set up a coffee machine in a common area. It is just one small change, but you may actually be shocked at the amount of waste this one small adjustment can reduce.
#6: Less Waste Coming In = Less Waste Going Out
Rather than figuring out ways to recycle what you are bringing into the office another approach is to simply reduce the amount of stuff coming in from the start. Take a look at your suppliers and see what you can do to control the amount of waste they’re sending you, in terms of packaging, etc. Let your vendors know that you are trying to reduce your waste, so they can help your efforts on their end.
#7: Upcycling Supplies
Rather than tossing things that are not being used at the moment, but still have some life left in them, try setting up an Upcycling Station, where employees can go to for supplies first. Instead of always ordering everything new, you can reduce a lot of waste simply by using what you have already got.
#8: Ditch Paper
You may not be able to completely eliminate your paper use, but perhaps you can drastically reduce the amount you are using. If things do need to be printed, proofread them first on the computer screen. Printing things on both sides, if you are able to, will instantly half the amount of paper you are using.