With so many things to worry about in the office, it can be easy to ignore waste management. Many businesses are content to just separate recyclables from non-recyclables while other companies just want a convenient way to dispose of rubbish.
However, there are plenty of advantages to having an efficient and sustainable waste management system. With an effective waste management strategy, you can reduce your business’s impact on the environment, reduce operating costs and waste management costs, and even enhance your brand’s eco-credentials.
So let’s have a look at some of the simple and achievable ways your business can improve its waste management processes.
With technological advancements, going paperless in the workplace has never been easier. When it comes to important documents, see if you can find a way to provide them in a digital form. This can be done through a company server or even just using applications like Google Drive. Not only does this reduce waste, it also makes file-sharing and collaborations a lot easier. In fact, it’s so convenient that many employment contracts nowadays are created and signed digitally.
Paper isn’t the only thing that’s being wasted in the office. You also need to be mindful of your ink usage. Of course, there will be times where you need to print something out. If this is the case, there are few things that you can do to reduce wastage.
First, print in black and white as much as possible. Coloured printing usually uses up more ink as it has to combine various hues to make up a certain colour. Secondly, only print what is absolutely necessary. If two people can share the same document, there’s no need to print a copy for everyone in the office.
Additionally, paper towels in the bathrooms can be replaced with air dryers.
To ensure that your business operates at a high-level of productivity, technological upgrades are a necessity. This could be in the form of new computers, keyboards or even chairs. But what about the old equipment? Do you just leave it laying around the office?
A great way to get rid of unused items is to donate them. Chairs can be donated to local schools and electrical devices can be donated to charities that help the less fortunate.
It’s worth noting that e-waste is a large part of Australia’s municipal waste stream. What’s even more important is that a large percentage of that ‘waste’ is actually usable. In fact, only 10% of working PCs are recycled and reused in Australia.
When it comes to waste management, most people are actually willing to do the right thing. The issue is, not everyone knows what to do. As such it’s important to let your company know how they can help.
You can do this by adding signs so that people know what type of waste goes into which bin. When doing this, try to make it as easy as possible. For this purpose, colour-coding will work wonders.
Additionally, make sure that there are bins spread throughout the office. This will make it easier for busy employees to place their rubbish into the correct bin.
If you have the resources, you can even have training modules set up so that every one knows what to do in each scenario. For example, you can have a section on handling e-waste, how to dispose of paper, how to keep documents digitised and so on. That was just a brief overview on waste management in the workplace. It might take a little work, but the benefits that you’ll gain will be well worth it.