Making changes to reduce, reuse and recycle at work can be beneficial to your business in many ways.
To help you get started, follow these action points. There are a range of organisations that you can contact for help and advice about commercial recycling, or you can deliver your recycling to our commercial facilities yourself.
Commercial recycling facilities and organisations
Set up a company scheme
Good communication is vital so inform all staff of any plans and why they are important. Ideas should be welcomed from staff at all levels and feedback should be efficiently communicated. Keep everyone informed of the company’s progress.
Switch to recycled paper
Your supplier should be able to offer a 100% ‘post consumer waste’, laser guaranteed paper. Although this is sometimes more expensive, extra costs can be reduced by lowering paper consumption.
Reduce paper use and recycle waste paper
Approximately 60% of waste produced by the financial sector is paper waste. You can halve paper use by printing all documents on both sides, saving paper and money.
When replacing printers and copiers ensure new equipment has a duplex facility and make this office policy. Only print when it is necessary.
Scrap paper will inevitably be produced in the workplace, but rather than discarding it, use it to write notes and reminders on before recycling it. Re-use envelopes even if they’re only for internal mail.
Use real mugs instead of plastic cups
Rather than supplying disposable plastic cups and plates in your workplace, use real mugs and plates that can be reused again and again. If you have a vending machine, try to replace it with one which takes real cups.
Provide facilities in the workplace for cardboard separation. This can then be sent for recycling. Alternatively, any cardboard boxes could be re-used for sending bulk orders, or merely for storage.
Try updating and refurbishing computers rather than throwing them away. This reduces waste, as well as preventing the production of a replacement machine (a process which creates more than double the weight of the machinery in waste).
Donate computers to charities. There are a number which take computer equipment for export to poorer communities.
Set up a take-back scheme when you buy new computers to ensure your old ones are recycled. If you are a large IT consumer consider insisting that your supplier takes back your old equipment for recycling as part of a new installation.
Refill or recycle printer cartridges
Remanufactured cartridges are available locally for most printers. Many are certified by the original manufacturers, are cheaper and avoid substantial plastic waste. Some local suppliers replace cartridges and collect the empties for recycling.
Use rechargeable batteries and set up recycling points
Buying and reusing rechargeable batteries not only saves you money, but reduces waste.
For any non-rechargeable batteries used, set up recycling facilities throughout your workplace that can be deposited at any of the facilities islandwide.
Set up recycling stations
If your workplace still has rubbish bins under each desk, it is too easy to throw things away. Remove these rubbish bins and replace them with communal recycling bins and a rubbish bin located in convenient areas. This will also make cleaning your workplace more efficient as there will be less bins to empty. Discuss this with your cleaners and include the collection and delivery of separated recyclables in your cleaning contract.
Run a waste audit
Find out exactly what type of rubbish your workplace generates by completing a waste audit. This will also indicate if certain areas generate more waste than others. You can run a waste audit yourself or contract a company to do this for you.