Green Office – Home Office – Any Office
Office waste mainly consists of electrical, electronic, cardboard, paper, packaging and food waste, all of which can be reused, recycled or composted.
Mixed wast also turns up in the office. Items like glass or plastic bottles, plastic cups, coffee cups and sandwiches wrappers to name a few. These items can all be segregated and recycled in the office or you could encourage staff to reusable coffee cups or tupperware.
The benefits of introducing a programme of reduce, reuse and recycling include;
- Big savings over time on waste disposal costs.
- Boost to staff moral with a focus on reduce, reuse and recycling.
- Demonstrates the organisations commitment to the environment.
- Enhanced public perception of your organisation as a green organisation.
- Promotes a green agenda with your trading partners.
Below you will find some tips that can be easily implemented and integrated into the day-to-day running of the office and office building. They may result in reduced office supplies usage, time ordering and money spent.
Tips on How to Reduce Office Waste
- All employees should be encouraged to move to a paperless office – Develop a short and simple plan!
- Reduce the amount of paper used in the office.
- Only print for those that really use printed copies.
- Use e-mail or instant messages to save paper, time and money.
- Reports and presentation should be electronic only
- Research purchasing printers which print double-sided copies only.
- Photocopy and print double-sided.
- Draft documents can be reviewed on-screen before emaling.
- Scrap paper can be used to make note pads to take phone messages.
- Introduce a centralised office filing system. This reduces multiple files,
- Enable the reuse of paper envelopes by putting a label on top of the old address.
- If paper is used try lighter weight papers for everyday internal task.
- Cut down on excess equipment sitting in the store, going out of date, e.g. electrical and electronic office equipment.
- Regularly service office equipment, particularly computers, photocopiers and printers, to prolong their lifespan.
- When equipment reaches its end of life use a registered and licensed electrical and electronic recycler to ensure equipment is safely made ready for reuse and recycling.
- Employees should regularly empty out their desk and return any unwanted office supplies to the stationery cupboard.
- Free or online newspaper subscription can reduce the amount of paper to be recycled.
- Cancel any unwanted magazine or newspaper subscriptions to avoid unwanted waste accumulating.
- Office announcements can be posted online, sent via email or posted once in a centralised monitor or TV screen.
- Consider renting office equipment that you use only occasionally rather than having to store it in the workplace.
- Encourage colleagues to bring lunch to work in reusable containers.
- Encourage management have reusable silverware, plates and cups and a small coffee station in the office.
- Research and action purchasing products with less packaging or with no packaging at all.
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Last year Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to over 100,000 homes, schools, charities and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.
Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.