office waste (non-paper)


tips for Non-paper office trash

  • Think about purchasing products with less packaging or with no packaging at all.

  • Alternatively, request that your office deliveries be shipped in returnable containers and return the emptied containers back to the supplier

  • Always ask the vendors to take packaging back. There may be the possibility that they can reuse it or at least generate greater quantities which will enhance the feasibility of recycling.

  • Make the most of your ink and toner cartridges.

  • Consider renting equipment that you use only occasionally rather than having to store it in the workplace.

  • Always try to invest in high-quality equipment that is durable and repairable.

  • Have reusable silverware, plates, and cups at your desks. Bring your own lunch to work in reusable containers.

  • The composting of food scrap is a useful approach for diverting it from landfill. Increasingly, compost removal services are available. Where the opportunity permits, you might want to consider having your own compost bin.

  • Select plant landscaping that requires low maintenance and produces less waste.

  • Recycle electronic equipment, batteries, plastic, metal cans, white paper, and beverage containers.

  • Consider having a partnership with a local recycler if your office generates a significant amount of such materials. And remember, don't allow obsolete equipment to take up space and collect dust. The sooner it is recycled, the quicker that valuable resources will be available for reuse, thus avoiding the processing of more virgin materials.

Mia Swainson