Office recycling is an essential part of the office cleaning process. Most office have recycling bins and programs in place, but even so, there are still many things that you can do on your own to conserve resources and create a greener office.
All offices require a lot of paper, for printing, faxing, copying, etc. You can help to conserve paper by using both sides of the paper when printing, especially for draft copies. You should also avoid color printing, except for times when it is absolutely necessary. Placing a paper recycling bin next to the printer is another way to remind yourself to reuse and recycle whenever possible, and a nice subtle reminder to your employees and co-workers as well. Many companies sell recycled and chlorine free printer paper, so try to purchase this whenever possible.
If you are in charge of purchasing furniture for your office, consider purchasing used furniture and office equipment. Not only will this save you money, but it will also help to reduce the landfill waste and airborne pollutants created as a result of the manufacture of office equipment and office furniture.
You can greatly reduce energy consumption in the workplace simply by switching to EnergyStar approved light bulbs and making sure that you and your fellow workers turn off lights, appliances, and computers when they are not in use.
Lastly, find out whether your janitorial and maintenance company provides recycling services. Most companies do, and if yours doesn’t make sure to ask why. Office recycling conserves resources and energy, and can save your workplace money in the long run as well.