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Many workplaces and offices have recycling at the bottom of their ‘to-do’ list. A typical office of around 100 people can produce, on average, over 20 bags of waste a week, which equivalates to 55,000 litres of waste every single year. Of this waste, over 90% of it can be recycled.

recycling at workRecycling can be difficult if you’re not educated on how to do so, or if your office doesn’t have the resources. We’ve put together our top tips for recycling at work, no matter what industry you’re in.

Educate

Confirming everyone in the office is educated as to what can and cannot go into the recycling bin is vital. Start with the basics by ensuring everyone puts their paper cups, drink cans, paper and other everyday waste into the correct recycling bins. Once this seems to be in place, try teaching the team about recycling all other bits of waste including glass, electronics, folder binding and even printer cartridges! Why not invest in a poster to place above your recycling bins?

Buy Recycled Items

Start recycling from the get-go by investing in products that have already been recycled. There are many recycled alternatives that are ideal for use instead of paper, all of which are high-quality, ethical and loved by consumers. Using recycled paper alternatives on customer-facing products like leaflets, promotional letters or even invoices are a great way to give a good impression and could even boost your reputation and sales.

Invest in Good Bins/Labels

Any workplace uses a lot of materials that can be recycled, however, they don’t tend to have places to recycle them. Invest in good recycling bins and containers that help your team to distinguish what goes into the rubbish bin, and what can be recycled. If you don’t have the room for even more bins, why not colour code the ones you already have with some bright and fun labels to help your employees separate waste for each recycling option correctly?

How Much Paper?!

If you work in an office, it’s likely that the majority of your waste is paper, all of which can be recycled. Reducing your paper consumption can have a huge impact on the environment, and it can be so easily done within the workplace. All you need to do is ensure your printers are set to duplex printing, thus ensuring that they print on both sides of the paper- suddenly reducing your paper consumption by 50% in an instant.

Confidential Document Destruction

The majority of waste in a workplace is likely to be confidential. Ensure your business follows the latest GDPR regulations by disposing of that waste correctly with the help of Confidential Document Destruction. We can help clear your office of clutter, organise the waste and collect it from your premises. From there, we’ll transport it back to our depot where it will be shredded beyond all recognition! We ensure that all shredded waste is recycled back into the paper industry, helping to create even more paper and cardboard in an ethical way.

If you have confidential waste within your business that you’d like to dispose of, we can help. For more information, or to talk to a member of the team, you can get in touch today by visiting our contact page or by calling us on 01795 874241.