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Recycling Practices At The Office
Probably, you are not working alone it the office, so it’s a good idea to involve your coworkers into your green cause.
How can you do that?
First of all, use your communication skills. Explain to your colleagues why recycling is important, encourage them and make them feel good about it. You can put motivation posters next to the recycling bins. You can add useful information on recycling. For example-what can and what can’t be recycled.
Start recycling! First target- paper.
Every office, no matter how big it is, uses a lot of paper. Here are some ways to reduce the amount of used paper.
• Paper has two sides- use both of them. When you’re printing, don’t forget to set the machine to use both sides. This will reduce your consumption.
• You can reuse paper- Once you don’t need an old document any more, you can reuse it as a packing material.
• Reuse the boxes. Don’t throw them, you can use them for shipments or to store office supplies
• Hire professional cleaning company to help you with the organizing and de-cluttering process
• Don’t forget to recycle paper: If you put paper recycle bin next to every printer, it’s more likely to have a success with your mission. Also it’s important to find someone who would take care of the paper after you collect it, they have to bring it to a recycle centre regularly.
• Air dryers vs. paper towels: Try to present the idea of replacing the paper towels with air dryers; it’s going to reduce the waist of paper.
• Try to go paperless- when you have the chance – replace it with e-mails, calls etc.
All the equipment in the office can be greener.
• Choose used furniture.
• Buy second hand equipment (printers, scanners). Of course make sure the machines still work and their quality is good.
• Make sure that you unplugged your computer and all other devices before going to home after work. That’s a really good way to save energy.
Transportation- it’s not something that is happening during the working process but it’s still important.
• Try not to use cars. Walk to work or use a bicycle.
• If you don’t have any other choice and you must drive to work, try to find coworkers who live near your place and offer them to travel together to work.
Electricity – if you make changes in air conditioning and lightening, you can reduce your electricity bill.
• Turn off the lights when you don’t use them and when you leave the office.
• Use fluorescent bulbs instead of regular light bulbs.
• Use wisely the air conditioners- It’s not a big deal to dress wormer instead of using it or make the temperature higher.
Computers – they take a major part in the daily working routine and there are different ways to reduce the energy they use.
• When you leave the office, you should make sure that the computer is unplugged.
• Don’t use screensavers and check for energy plans.
• Use smaller monitors
• Consider using laptops- they use less energy than the desktops.
Little things count. Change your daily routine.
• Drink your coffee, water or tea from reusable cups- forget about plastic and paper cups.
• You should consider using green products for washing your supplies. Vinegar and baking soda are great substitutes of commercial cleaners.
• What can be greener that planting a tree? It could be a great idea for team building.