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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Reduce Your Office Waste Smartly

Do you contribute to your office waste unknowingly? Here's what you can do to stop it.

  • Make two-sided copies to reduce paper waste by 50%.
  • When circulating memos or documents use routing slips, or better still e-mail.
  • Share newspapers and magazines.
  • Use the blank side of used paper for scratch paper, then recycle it.
  • Reuse cardboard and paperboard boxes.
  • Encourage your office manager to buy or lease fax machines that use plain paper.
  • Use small stick-on fax notes on the first sheet of each fax and omit cover sheets.
  • Use durable products, i.e., china mugs instead of disposable cups, refillables instead of throw-aways.
  • Purchase items that can be used for more than one application.
  • Refold and reuse file folders.
  • Use reusable envelopes for interoffice mail; reuse envelopes with metal clasps.
  • At meetings or events, use durable/washable tableware instead of disposables.
  • Purchase stationery, scratch pads, business cards, paper towels, toilet paper and facial tissue made from recycled paper.
  • Bring lunch in reusable containers rather than paper or plastic bags.
  • Recycle and use recycled toner cartridges.
  • Use recycled yard waste mulch and crumb rubber from recycled tires in workplace landscaping and parking lots.

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