6 Handy Recycling Tips For Offices
Apr 22, 2022
When companies start to think about going green, one of the most common starting points is recycling. Waste management is something that we’re all familiar with to some extent and making changes to our waste disposal habits is a simple yet effective way of making a difference.
Although offices generally have some kind of recycling system, they tend to leave a lot to be desired. Too often, recyclable items from office spaces end up in landfills thanks to insufficient systems and a lack of staff training, but this can all easily be turned around.
Below, we’ll go over 6 of the best recycling tips for offices and how your company can go green for good.
- Collect Computer, Phone and E-waste
While most of us are pretty good at recycling items like cans, paper and bottles both at home and at work, there’s much more that we can do. Electronic waste such as lighting, mobile devices, computer monitors, televisions, cables and more can often be reclaimed and repurposed by professional recycling companies, keeping them out of landfills and given a new life.
In Victoria, electronics can no longer be placed in regular rubbish bins due to the risks they pose to the environment and our health, as well as their potential for being reused. It’s important that your company disposes of all their e-waste appropriately to avoid releasing these hazards into the environment and producing unnecessary waste.
- Separate Organics
It’s a common misconception that organics can be placed into regular rubbish bins as they’ll decompose naturally and not contribute to landfills. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Organics go through anaerobic decomposition while in landfills due to the lack of oxygen, producing methane, a harmful greenhouse gas.
Placing an organics bin in your office for waste like fruit and vegetables, baked items and processed foods will ensure that it’s disposed of properly, being used for compost to grow crops and reduce reliance on artificial fertilizers.
- Invest in Bins and Labeling
Working with a waste management company to provide your office with the proper bins and recycling systems is the key to changing the way your company deals with waste. Simplicity and clear expectations go a long way and making it easy for your staff to recycle and help your business go green.
A good waste management company will deliver color-coded bins that have clear, easy to follow instructions on what can be placed in each bin and what can’t.
- Remove Personal Bins
Once you have your new recycling system in place, it’s time to remove the small personal bins from around the office. Many people will go for the most convenient option of placing all of their rubbish into a general waste bin that’s right under their desk rather than make the journey to the centralized waste area.
While this might result in a bit of backlash at first, most staff members will come around once they understand the benefits of separating their waste and making the responsible decision.
- Promote Litter-less Lunches
In addition to your new recycling system, you can reduce waste in the office by promoting litter-less lunches. Giving all your staff members a reusable lunch bag or Tupperware containers to bring their meals to work in will decrease the amount of single-use waste used in your workplace, and make it easier for everyone to bring food to work and save time and money on buying lunch.
- Go Paperless
While going completely paperless might be out of the question, there’s much that can be done to greatly lower the amount of water that’s both used and wasted. Simple changes like proofing and editing on the computer, using recycled paper, using double-sided paper and keeping memos and company announcements to emails or online message boards are all little things that can go a long way over time.
For purchases and invoices, work with your accounting and customer service teams to switch everything to online. Communicate this to your customers and vendors, and kindly request that your suppliers and bank send e-statements as opposed to physical mail.
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