We all know that decreasing waste is critical to conserving our planet’s resources and ensuring its long-term protection. Fortunately, many of us are aware of our impact and strive to decrease trash at home by recycling, returning bottles, and opting for ceramic plates over paper plates, among other things. But what about waste reduction in the workplace?
Companies may refuse to invest time, money, or energy in workplace waste management if they believe it is too inconvenient to do so, or that it is trivial since it does not generate revenue. While eliminating waste may not produce revenue in the traditional sense, it will save your company money in the long run.
Ways You Can Reduce Office Waste
1. Try to avoid single-use drink cups
Whether it’s water or drink bottles or cartons, the chances of them being finished and placed in the office recycling container are small. Half-filled containers are frequently tossed in the trash, wasting not just the drink but also the container. An excellent alternative is to use branded mugs or glasses.
2. Keep track of waste
Conduct a trash audit to determine the type and volume of waste generated by your company. For a week, a waste audit team collects garbage and recycling items from your organization and then identifies the major waste sources. You might be amazed at what is thrown away that could be recycled or reused.
3. Control the typeface and size of the type
Controlling fonts and type size may appear to make a minor impact, but it might save you a lot of money in the long run. Century Gothic, for example, is a professional font that uses very little ink, so make it the default text for everyone and save money on ink in the long run.
4. Green Team
A ‘Green Team’ is a small group of employees whose objective is to educate, empower, and inspire other employees and visitors about your company’s sustainability initiatives. They can set and promote new projects and relatively tiny but significant improvements to day-to-day operations by leading by example. Consider them the organisers of each comprehensive eco-focused ‘launch campaign,’ as well as a group of ‘influencers’ who help your programme get traction.
5. Use Water Coolers
Water coolers are an excellent substitute for single-use bottles. A business can save water by installing a water cooler that provides healthful, cold spring water. It’s also appealing and practical, with planned deliveries that occur on a regular basis.
6. Go Paperless
While recycling is beneficial, using less paper in the first place has the greatest impact. It’s easier than ever to reduce the amount of paper you use in the workplace with tools like Google Docs, which allows you to write, edit, and collaborate for free online, and Dropbox, free data synchronization and sharing service. As a polite reminder to coworkers, consider adding a “think before you print” comment to the bottom of your emails.
7. Provide Office Owned Dishes
By keeping your workplace kitchen equipped with actual plates and cutlery, you can avoid using disposable plates and encourage litter-free lunches. Try to have a weekly kitchen duty rotation. The person on duty is in charge of emptying the dishwasher and putting all plates and cutlery away on a daily basis.
8. Recycle It
Electronics, batteries, plastic, metal cans, white paper, and beverage containers should all be recycled. If your office creates a lot of these products, consider forming cooperation with a local recycler who better in recycling e-waste. Remember to keep outmoded equipment out of the way so it doesn’t take up room and collect dust. The sooner it is recycled, the more valuable resources will be accessible for reuse.
9. Use Shredded Paper
Shredded paper is an excellent shipping packing material. Just make sure you’re not sharing sensitive information that could be easily pieced together to the company’s and consumers’ detriment.
10. Reuse the Paper
When transferring information through fax, only one side of the paper is used, and the scratch paper appears to be required at some point. To scratch, employees frequently take a clean piece from a copy paper box or even from the printer or copier. Instead of squandering it, it would be better to reuse an already-used piece that is no longer needed.
11. Buy in Bulk
Stop ordering single-serving coffee and tea bags. Buying everything in bulk, from coffee to sugar, saves money and reduces the waste of packaging those products.
These are a few methods that you can try to avoid waste in your office. It not only helps your organization, it also helps environment to be a great place to live.
- Certified Junk Clearance Professional at Express Waste Removals.