Waste reduction is a crucial step in becoming a green business. This involves reducing, recycling and reusing waste where applicable. While it is easy to minimise waste production at home, doing so at work may be a little more demanding due to the logistics required for managing corporate waste.
For example, corporations produce greater volumes of paper waste, which may require extensive paper and cardboard recycling.
It calls for a conscious effort from both the management and their employees. To reduce waste, here are some specific areas to consider:
Going paperless is the most efficient way to reduce paper waste. If this is not possible, you can reduce the amount of paper produced instead. For example, you can choose to print on both sides to save on paper. You can also add a paper-recycling receptacle next to your copiers and printers for depositing any unwanted paper. You can then assign someone to take the collected waste to nearby recycling centres at regular interval.
To avoid power wastage, unplug computers when they are not in use. You can also set the machine to go to sleep mode when workers are away from their workstations – after all, screen savers consume more energy than a blank screen.
Instead of using desktops, you can switch to laptops instead, which consume comparatively less energy.
Reduce electricity usage by using compact LED bulbs. They are brighter, and more efficient, yet consume less power than older bulbs.
Turn off the lights when not in use or invest in motion sensitive switches. You should also maximise the use of natural light, and install more windows.
When purchasing new fixtures, choose those with an energy star label as they consume less energy.
There are other areas, which are not immediately noticeable but help a company reduce energy consumption and waste. Why not employees to walk or cycle to work, join a carpool program or telecommute?
You can also encourage the use of reusable dishes or provide water, cream, and sugar dispensers instead of a using a vending machine.
When it comes to reducing waste in the office, every little thing counts.