7 Ways to Reduce Office Waste

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If you're looking to reduce the amount of waste your business produces, there are many areas to look at - this article will go look at each area.

Go paperless
So much is done online now to the point that you could go completely paperless. Invoices can be sent as PDFs, tax returns can be done online, even secretaries can take minutes on a laptop rather than a notebook.

Reduce packaging
It's estimated that packaging constitutes about a third of all waste. Do you order items that come in a lot of packaging? Talk to your suppliers and see if something can be done to reduce the packaging. After all, it's YOU that's left with the packaging when items arrive.

Have a work from home policy
Allowing employees to work from home can mean you could reduce your office size, while certainly reducing the amount of power it uses. Also think of the amount of fossil fuels burned by your employees driving too and from work each day.

No bottled water
Provide a water cooler for employees, and provide glasses, not plastic throw-away cups.

Recycle your "e-waste"
"E-waste" is electronic equipment that you no longer need. Ensure it's sent to a recycling plant/centre. Many rubbish tips now provide a skip specifically for this kind of waste.

Have a kitchen for the office
A kitchen means your employees can prepare and cook food rather than shop for fast-food from the high street. This means less packaging is coming into your office. Of course, fill the kitchen with re-usable items like plates, cups, knives and forks.

Have a kitchen for the office
A kitchen means your employees can prepare and cook food rather than shop for fast-food from the high street. This means less packaging is coming into your office. Of course, fill the kitchen with re-usable items like plates, cups, knives and forks.

Before you undertake any of the above suggestions, it's probably a good idea to do an audit of your office in terms of how waste is produced. Identify the most pressing concerns, and work on those first of all.

Article kindly provided by junkbusters.co.uk