Recycling at the office

Recycling at the office

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Here are some items in offices that can be recycled:

  • Waste paper, including printed paper, unwanted files and notes, used envelopes
  • Unwanted magazines and newspapers
  • Unwanted cardboard boxes (e.g. packaging boxes for printing paper, office stationary, or even computers)

In addition to recycling, reducing waste and reusing paper goods can benefit the environment:

  • Print only what you need.
  • Print on both sides of the paper, especially the less important documents. This practice helps to reduce paper usage and waste by 50%!
  • Reduce the use of paper by sending information or documents via the email, rather than hard copy files or faxes.
  • Make use of electronic posters and banners, instead of paper ones.
  • Share newspapers and magazines between units and divisions, rather than providing a set for each individual unit.

Some tips for reusing at the workplace:

  • Reuse scrap paper for taking notes.
  • Reuse cardboard or metal boxes for storage purposes at the workplace.
  • Reuse envelopes for internal office mail
  • Provide trays to collect and reuse one-sided paper and encourage employees to save and reuse paper printed on only one side at their desks.
  • Collect paper that has been printed on one side for reuse in copiers and fax machines. Also, use the one-sided paper to make scratch pads.
  • Making full-size scratch pads is simple and easy—just put single-sided paper face up and secure with a paper clip or binder clip at the top!

Some other green tips:

  • Purchase paper products that are made of recycled paper.
  • Keep a reusable shopping bag at your work station. It would come in handy if you need to do any shopping during lunch break or after work.
  • If your workplace does not have any recycling bins, but your home does, take a little effort to bring home these recyclables for recycling. Your little counts in a big way toward a cleaner and healthier environment.

For further information follow the links alongside.

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