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Reducing waste in the workplace

Reducing waste in the workplace

Australia is one of the highest waste producers in the world.

We were recently ranked in the top five waste-producing nations on a per-person basis; an achievement that nobody wants on their resume.

While you might have a slew of waste-reducing strategies in place at home, often it can be harder in the workplace to be environmentally focused.

If you want to try and make a difference in your workplace, here’s how you can go about it.

Ditch plastic

Get food waste sorted by making sure there are plenty of recycling bins around, and go one step further by campaigning for compost bins as well.

Well-stocked kitchens and break rooms mean people can ditch plastic cutlery, paper cups, as well as offering the incentive for employees to bring their lunch from home rather than purchase it in a take-away container.

Alternatively bring in your own cutlery.

If you do get the takeaway lunch - try to recycle the plastic containers and use your own bags rather than plastic one's to carry them back to your desk.

Finally, make a serious effort to sort your rubbish into the right recycling bins so they're not contaminated.

Dump disposables

Keep-cups for coffee are an excellent way to reduce the amount of coffee cups used and wasted in an organisation.

An initial outlay for branded keep-cups will pay dividends in the reduction of single-use cups … plus, that’s a lot of free advertising for your business!

Re-usable takeaway cups also help reduce landfill.

Australians send over a billion takeaway cups every year to landfill!

Contrary to popular believe they can't be recycled because of their plastic lining.

Pause printing

While most organisations have jumped onboard with paper recycling (if your office hasn’t, this is the easiest and most obvious place to start), there are a number of other ways in which you can help reduce the amount of paper waste.

One is to print only when absolutely necessary.

Another is to implement a protocol of double-sided printing.

Most printers can be set to print on both sides of the page as a default, which automatically cuts your business paper waste in half.

Simple, yes?

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