Office cleaning is never an easy task. Almost 80% of all office waste is always recyclable. The problem comes in where you now have to find the right system of recycling these waste materials. Without properly disposing of these office waste materials, they only end up in landfills and polluting the environment. This article has compiled a list of recycling tips you can apply in your office to successfully manage your office waste.
1. Separate organics
Work a way of adding an organics stream to your recycling program. Most office waste products are usually food waste. And so, choosing to separate organic office wastes from the other waste materials can increase the diversion rate of your organization. You can even reach zero-waste if your business deals exclusively with organic wastes. When organic materials are collected and processed well, they can also be used to grow crops as fertilizers. Compostable materials can also be used to revive nutrient deficient land. You can collect office wastes like food scraps, coffee grinds and tea bags, and even paper towels and napkins.
2. Go paperless
It may not be possible to have a completely paperless business. But you can work out ways of reducing the paper materials in your office. This can start by encouraging your employees to edit and proofread all documents before printing them. This will significantly minimize paper wastage. Also, get your employees to get into the habit of printing on both sides f papers. This reduces the number of papers that are used for documents. Do this for all documents except for the official documents. Important pieces of information that need to be communicated to other employees like memos and company announcements can be done using emails or online messaging boards.
3. Promote litter-less lunches
If you can offer each of your employees their own lunch bags and, if possible, their own Tupperware, it can help a great deal with office waste. This is one brilliant step to discourage your employees from using plastic and paper bags. These bags are non-biodegradable and will not contribute towards your office cleaning initiative.
4. Collect more wastes
Do not overemphasize on the organic office wastes alone. Also, have a waste collection and recycling process for other wastes like e-wastes which may include spoilt computers, office cell phones, etc. You can also conduct a business audit of your offices to know what waste materials your offices produce.
5. Introduce paper recycling boxes
You can also keep your offices clean by introducing paper recycling boxes next to your employees’ desks. This will prevent the accumulation of clutter in the workplace.
6. Discourage the use of takeout coffee cups
An average American office worker uses over 500 disposable coffee cups in a year. That is a complete waste of materials which only end up in landfills. It is not possible to prevent your employees from having their regular dose of coffee every morning. But you can discourage their use of the disposable coffee cups by providing them with reusable coffee cups and water bottles. Over time, you will see the huge difference this step will bring to your offices.