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 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 program of reducing, reusing and recycling include;
- Big euro savings in time on waste disposal costs.
- Boost to staff morale with a focus on reducing, reuse and recycling.
- Demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to the environment.
- Enhanced public perception of your organization as a green organization.
- Promotes a green agenda with your trading partners.
- Offer time and cost saving opportunities to staff.
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
- The organisation should be encouraged to go almost paperless by developing a short and simple plan through collaboration!
- Only print if there is a real need for a hard copy.
- Meeting clients or colleagues online to save resources. It’s the norm now!
- Use e-mail or instant messages to save paper, time and money.
- Share team and event calendars.
- Draft documents can be reviewed on-screen before emailing.
- Reports and presentation should be electronic only
- If paper is required, use FSC–certified paper
- Research purchasing printers which print double-sided copies only.
- Photocopy and print double-sided.
- Scrap paper can be used to make note pads to take phone messages.
- Introduce a centralized office filing system. This reduces multiple files,
- Enable the reuse of paper envelopes by putting a label on top of the old address.
- Cut down on excess equipment sitting in the store, going out of date, e.g. electrical and electronic office equipment.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 fee-based online newspaper subscription can reduce the amount of paper to be recycled.
- Cancel any unwanted magazine or newspaper subscriptions to avoid unwanted waste accumulating.
- Reuse binders and file folders.
- Office announcements can be posted online, sent via email or posted once in a centralized 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 to have reusable silverware, plates and cups and a small coffee station in the office.
- Research and purchase products with less packaging or with no packaging at all.
- Install filtered water rather than a water cooler.
- Give your team a reusable water bottle.
- Offer secure bike parking.
- Source used office desks, chairs and lockers (if required).
- Unplug office equipment when not in use or overnight.
- Work from home when possible.
- Offer unused or surplus items to other organisations for reuse – e.g. www.recreate.ie
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is an award-winning social enterprise providing recycling collection and drop off services for all types of waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) and pure metal items.
During 2018 Recycle IT operated drop off and collection services to tens of thousands of homes, schools, charities and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of batteries, computers, cables, monitors, kettles. microwaves and screens.
Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Dormant Accounts Fund, Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare, and Wicklow.