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 waste may also turn up in your office. Items like glass or plastic bottles, plastic cups, coffee cups and sandwiches wrappers. These items can all be segregated and recycled in the office or you could encourage staff to use reusable coffee cups or tupperware.
The benefits of introducing a reduce, reuse and recycling programme in your office include.
- Big savings over time on waste disposal costs.
- Boost to staff moral by having 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 to others with whom you trade.
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.
27 Tip on How to Reduce Office Waste
- Reduce the amount of paper accumulated in the office.
- Only print the amount needed and limit the distribution of copies to those that really use them.
- Use e-mail or instant messages to save on paper, time and money.
- Data and reports can be stored or presented from memory sticks or the cloud, to save paper
- Single spacing can be used as a format when printing reports.
- Photocopy and print double-sided.
- Before printing multiple copies, print a single copy. Check this one copy.
- Research purchasing printers which print double-sided copies only.
- Draft documents can be reviewed on-screen before printing.
- print drafts on old or used paper
- Scrap paper can be used to make note pads to take phone messages.
- Printing and photocopying should be carried out only when it is necessary.
- Have a centralised office filing system. This reduces the need for multiple files, save time and money.
- 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.
- Electrical and electronic office equipment including computers should only be purchased as needed. This is to cut down on excess equipment sitting in the store, going out of date.
- 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.
- All employees should be encouraged to move to a paperless office – Develop a short and simple plan!
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.