May 20, 2022

How to Reduce Waste at Work

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Recycling and reducing waste aren’t steps that we can only take at home. Since you spend almost as much time at work as you do at home, bring some good habits to work with you. We can all do our part to help the environment and eliminate waste in the workplace without changing much. It’s within your power to help the environment. Read these tips on how to reduce waste at work and make a difference.

Bring in a Cup

Instead of using disposable paper, plastic, or Styrofoam cups at work, bring one from home. Bring in a coffee cup for the mornings and a water bottle for the afternoons so you can stay hydrated all day. Tossing out those disposable cups after only one use just keeps adding to landfills. By having your own cup, you can keep it at your desk so no one else uses it, which will decrease the risk of getting sick. You have the power over the cup and how clean it is.

Bring in Dishes

While you’re bringing in that coffee cup, bring in a plate or bowl and some silverware. That way, you won’t need paper plates and plastic utensils for eating lunch. Bring your own in and keep them in your desk so you’ll always know that you have them available—clean and ready to go.

Eliminate Paper

Advances in technology are making it possible to function in a business without a scrap of paper anywhere in the office. Paper is a huge expense for many businesses—imagine all the extra revenue without it. No more saving and storing stacks of files in boxes. There are companies that will digitize documents and destroy them for you. Once those files are digital, they are safe, secure, and easily found.

Recycle Everything

Most companies have a designated recycling bin for papers, cans, and other recyclables. If yours doesn’t, make one. Recycle everything you can instead of throwing it in the trash. Send the used toner cartridges back to the manufacturer so they can refill them. Instead of throwing away shredded paper, use it as packing material in a box. If you must buy paper, buy recycled paper.

Put in Motion Lights

Wasting energy is something that we all do, even if we don’t realize it. Lights left on all day just eat up energy. Install motion lights so that, if no one is in a room, the lights switch off automatically. They will save energy and money.

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