We've all heard the catch cry "Reduce, Reuse,
and Recycle" but how does that convert to your workplace? Time to look at how
we can encourage sustainability in the workplace.
- Eco- Equipment: Use energy management controls to be able to switch off
your equipment overnight, on long weekends and holiday periods. When you need
to buy new equipment do your research and buy the best energy efficient items
within your price range. Recycle old or broken equipment to minimize landfill.
- Stay online: Do everything you can online to minimize paper waste. Manage
activities like reading reports, creating events, sending invitations, booking
restaurants, sending emails and taking notes etc. online. Also, where possible,
consider online meeting options rather than travelling.
- Proactive Printing: Really have to print something? There are still many way
to make this task as sustainable:
Have your printers and copier default
set to print double-sided to reduce your workplace paper use.
Utilize a print-follow system, which
reduces uncollected paper. This is where a document is set to the printer as normal
but sits in a queue until the user logs in at the printer and selects it to print.
This saves people from printing incorrect or changed documents or forgetting to
retrieve their documents.
- Recycle EVERYTHING: Whether with the office or outside of the workplace, recycling
is possible. Some examples include:
If you need to print one-sided either
make paper notebooks by getting together and paper clipping or stapling them together.
Refill, re-ink or recycle all your printer
Employ a recycling bin system
Collect and recycle batteries - better
yet switch to rechargeable
Sell, Swap or Recycle old mobile phones
It doesn’t stop there though, complete the cycle by buying items that are recycled
such as stationary, toilet paper, remanufactured toner cartridges and cleaning products
sold in recycled containers. By ‘closing the loop’ you are helping to reduce the
amount of new products being made and increasing your workplace sustainability.