Office waste is usually regarded as trash that no one really notices. However, garbage, refuse and discarded electronics can make a big impact on the environment. While more and more businesses are engaging in the “Go Green” movement, some could benefit from a few useful tips:
- Print double-sided. Unless it is absolutely necessary to use only one side for a document, print on both. By cutting your paper consumption in half, you will save on office supplies and reduce waste. You may also choose to purchase recycled paper.
- Send memos via email. Save paper and ink by sending missives via email.
- Purchase recycled toner and ink. The printer is one of the most used pieces of equipment in an office. Its cartridges contribute metal and plastic to landfills. Save money by refilling those cartridges rather than buying new. When they’ve exhausted their use, make sure to dispose of them where they can be recycled (like “Staples” office supply store).
- Store manuals and policies online. Placing valuable company files in password-protected online files makes important information available anytime to employees. Also, they won’t need to worry about losing documents (or having to store them).
- Buy quality equipment. When purchasing equipment for your office, choose machines that are durable, long-lasting, and easily repairable. This way, you can avoid spending more on equipment and contributing to manufacturing waste.
- Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Old folders, envelopes, old packaging, and scrap paper can often be reused. Shredded paper is useful for packaging. Designate a few employees to spearhead recycling and reduction efforts for your business.
Reducing your office waste can contribute greatly to the preservation of the planet. With increased awareness among employees, they might be inspired to carry out these practices at home. M&M Disposal and Bin Rental promotes our eco-friendly ideas through waste management and junk removal services. Call us at (519) 649-6440 for more details.