Reduce, Reuse and Recycling in the Workplace
It doesn’t matter if you are a large or small organisation, reduction of waste and reuse of materials are the first steps in demonstrating you are environmentally aware, keen to help reduce waste and contribute positively towards climate change. Enthusiasm is the key and helps with implementing a simple, workable and worthwhile environmental policy.
Recycling is an easy and effective way to encourage eco-friendly behavior while allowing you contribute towards a positive impact on climate across the world or “Your Global Market Place” We can all do our part for our earth every day by simply recycling bottles, metal, paper, electronics and other waste products.
Although recycling is important, it’s only one part of the three R’s. Recycling is sometimes considered the easier choice as its similar to throwing something away. Its not much different to putting the item in a different bin or making a call to arrange a collection of an old PC or printer. However, there are many opportunities in a day for reducing or reusing what you think are waste materials.
17 ideas include
- Ask employees to make double-sided copies when using a copier.
- Composts paper towel waste from all toilet facilities across the organisation.
- Composts all kitchen waste from canteens, dining rooms, cafes, or coffee docks
- Eliminated food trays to help reduce food waste.
- Install microwaves so people can reuse food cooked at home.
- Share unused food from staff canteens or cafes with local food banks.
- Replace all bottled water with inline water filters to allow refilling.
- Reuse and recycle surplus furniture by partnering with charity shops and reuse centres.
- Pre-sort solid waste generated in your organisation e.g. cans, glass, paper, cardboard, plastic bags, batteries, smart phone batteries, smartphones, and fluorescent lights etc.
- Collect and recycle vehicle waste including lubricants, antifreeze, oil filters, tires, and batteries.
- Recycle electronics equipment from your business by simply emailing email@example.com
- Personal electronics waste can be recycled through a Recycle IT WEEE to Work collection day.
- Collect kitchen grease and convert it to electricity and hot water e.g. Vegawatt generator system.
- Ask employees to make double-sided copies when printing reports or presentation or just don’t print reports or presentations, use power-point.
- Send emails or use electronic document sharing tools rather than printing.
- Reuse cardboard delivery boxes in which reports, flyers, paper etc. arrive in.
- Buy reusable or recycled products before considering other purchases.
We suggest that organisations across Ireland adopted a Zero Waste Policy which would include creating a cross functional team to include staff and management, volunteers or students to develop a plan for reducing and diverting 100% of the waste stream.
Business organizations large and small, schools, colleges and community groups purchase a great deal of product and services each year for operational purposes. Before purchasing all stakeholders should try to consider an item’s cost, how quickly the product will need to be replaced and whether it can be reused, re-purposed and recycled. Cheaper products may seem attractive but are not always the best environmental, financial or lasting solution.
We hope this post will get you thinking and acting in a different way and if you need to recycle electrical, electronic or metal equipment please call the Recycle IT team on 01 4578321. We are happy to help.