In a busy workplace, it can be difficult to keep it clean. Luckily, most office settings will have a bin where you can put in any waste. Most of this waste is paper and thus easy to manage. Developing a culture of waste management in an office setting can be daunting. You have to get everyone on board which can be a difficult mountain to climb. The best way to do this is to instill a routine that will, in the long run, develop into a positive habit.
Waste management in the workplace will be fueled by how much serious your colleagues are in conserving the environment. You have to start the process off before they can join in. Since most of the office garbage is waste paper, you can develop a strategy that aims to reduce how much paper each of the workmates utilizes. The following strategies will help you achieve that:
Turn off all electronics that are not in use
It helps save on the energy and still prolongs the lifespan of your electronic equipment. For example, if no one is using a particular computer, shut it down to prevent it from running in the background. It will reduce electronic waste and also preserve energy which will positively impact on the electric bills.
Adopt a paperless office
With the mobile and internet technology, it is easy to set up a paperless office. Some materials such as memos and newsletters can be typed and sent to the people concerned in the form of emails or short messages through their mobile gadgets. It helps to save on the cost of printing on paper and reduce waste.
Ensure you are not printing more pages than you should
To achieve this, you have to check the settings on your printer before you can print any material. If you want to print 30 pages, you have to set your printer to print 30 pages and not more than that. It will prevent wastage as you will not print more than you need. Apart from that, some old printers will print faded material on the sheets which is considered as a waste. Always check the condition of your printer or buy a functional printer to minimize waste of the printing material.
Reuse the old letters
Old letters which are only printed on one side can be reused. You can bring them together, cut them into medium size and staple or glue them together. On the side they are not printed, you can use it as a shorthand notebook to help communicate in the office. Such a smart waste management trick will contribute to reducing the amount of paper you dispose as waste in the office.
Print both sides of the printing paper
It is a smart move on which you can save on how much waste you produce. When you print on both sides of the printing paper, you cut half of the waste contributed by the printing paper. It will keep the office clean and reduce the amount of waste in the bin. Printing on both sides will also save on the cost of buying the printing material.