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Office Recycling: What You Can Do

Going green is a change being encouraged globally, from reducing your carbon footprint as an individual, to adopting a more eco-friendly attitude as a company. Doing your bit within the office can significantly reduce your affect on the environment and positively impact the community around you. To help you improve your office recycling, check out our top tips below.

More digital, less paper

One of the easiest and most effective ways of improving your office recycling is to reduce the amount of waste produced in the first place. Encouraging a digital-only policy via emails, digital sharing, and sharing pdf files rather than printouts wherever possible will eliminate a large majority of paper waste in the office, conserving resources and also reducing clutter on employee’s desks!

Savvy printing

In the cases where printing is unavoidable, adopting a more frugal approach to printing pages can help to reduce office recycling. Printing double-sided will reduce paper waste literally by half, whilst a smaller font, or wider margins can also ensure less pages within the document, meaning less to print.

Reuse mugs and bottles

Many office workers will opt for the convenience of takeout lunches and coffees, resulting in a buildup of one-time use containers being thrown away. To tackle this, encourage employees to bring in reusable tupperware containers for their lunches, reducing landfill waste produced in your office significantly. Likewise, using mugs and glasses instead of bottles and takeaway cups is a great way to reduce the amount of waste produced.

Use recycling bins

The most effective way to improve your office recycling policies in the workplace is to make it easy. Placing labelled recycling bins next to the general waste bins will make it an easy choice for employees, ensuring more items are placed into the recycling rather than simply thrown away for convenience.  

Educate the office

Provide appropriate training to staff on the office recycling procedures you would like to be followed. Some employees may not be clear on what items can be recycled, so identifying which materials are recyclable may be a good place to start.

Training on environmentally-friendly practices such as switching lights off in unused rooms, reducing printing, and bringing lunches in reusable containers are also areas that should be addressed when discussing recycling with staff – the more informed everyone is, the more likely your office recycling attempts are to be successful.

At Woodford Recycling, our Materials Recycling Facility helps anyone lessen their impact on the environment. We aim for a zero to landfill policy, recycling over 85% of your waste in our facility. We receive and process all waste from the Cambridge, Huntingdon, Peterborough, and surrounding areas.

To discuss your waste recycling requirements, simply contact us today and we’ll be happy to find the most suitable solution for your needs.

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