Good Recycling Practices And Other Tips on Managing Waste in the Office
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Published by TOP4 Team
Offices and business establishments contribute a lot to the world’s total waste everyday. While waste cannot be avoided, more and more businesses are starting to be aware of their civic responsibility and are looking for ways to practice recycling activities or responsible waste management in the office so that in their own simple ways they can
help minimize their waste produce.
The following are some steps for offices or business establishments to minimise waste and help in protecting the environment:
1. Recycle used papers. This practice has been overstated perhaps because this is the easiest and simplest way to do. But the problem is, office workers are tempted to use more papers than needed thinking that they will recycle it anyway. The proper way is to use papers only when absolutely necessary, then recycle.
2. Use electronics as long as they are functioning – don’t just replace simply because there are newer models. Offices are top consumers of electronics and therefore produce more electronic waste compared to residential areas. They use photocopy machines, computers and cellular phones. The problem with electronics is that they contain toxic materials such as mercury. These toxic materials are also creating environmental problems, so it’s best to minimise electronic waste and know the responsible way to dispose of them.
3. Reuse and donate old recyclable materials. Paper, glass, plastic and cans are not the only items that should be redirected from landfills. Lessen the environmental effects of waste by composting. You may also donate old clothing to thrift stores, homeless shelters and other community organisers.
4. Engage your local officials. You may encourage local officials to participate in your recycling and environmental deeds by thinking of incentives to be given to other businesses who are practicing waste management. This way, many businesses will be encouraged to do the same.
5. To fully understand the materials that your office consumes and dispose of, you may consider having a waste audit activity. Set a specific schedule to organise your waste into relevant categories. Check the various kinds of material that goes out of your office for disposal. Develop a program that will lessen the amount of waste that will be brought to the landfill.
Recycling or waste management is very important because it is one of the best ways for businesses to protect and serve their customers, the community and the planet. Moreover, proper waste management is beneficial for businesses, too, as studies show that it leads to increased efficiency, productivity and profit.