During the working week many of us spend our time in a commercial office – whether we like it or not. Environmental awareness and focus on reducing pollution and waste going to landfill is a very noble aim and hence optimising office recycling bins is a really good idea.
The good news is that reducing your waste going to landfill will also benefit your corporate bottom line by boosting profits! For once, we have a win:win scenario. Your accountants may even advocate for your recycling efforts.
In the infographic below – you will see that smart usage of office recycling bins can easily reduce your general waste (i.e. waste going to landfill) – to pretty much zero. That certainly is a good news story.
Did you know that in an Australian office – by using simple office recycling bins and office recycling services – it is very possible to divert well over 90% of your total waste from landfill – that is right, recycle almost all your waste!
In the office recycling bins flowchart above – we will cover a simple method for you to know what to do with each item – and hopefully give you some office recycling ideas that you can put into action immediately.
As most waste in an office is paper related – the first question is whether the paper is confidential in nature. If it is – it should go in your office confidential paper bin for shredding.
If not – move along the flowchart.
If it is normal paper or cardboard – it can be put in the paper of cardboard bin. This is an easy and cost effective bin service available for offic recycling throughout Australia. It is suggested all employees have a small box or container under their desk for waste paper – that can then be emptied into the cardboard and paper bin on each floor.
The office cleaners will commonly bring the bins and waste down to the ground floor for collection.
The next question is whether the waste is bottles, cans, drinks containers etc – if so – commingled (mixed) recycling is a good service for nearly all office.
Let’s move along the office recycling bins flowchart:
If the office waste is organic i.e. such as food scraps or flower clippings – you can utilise an organic waste bin or composting on site if you have space. Some companies even utilise a small worm farm!
Batteries – such as for computer mouses, tv controllers and all other electronic items can be collected and recycled in a battery bucket.
Printer ink cartridges can be recycled through PlanetArk.
In 2019 – pretty much everything else you may have in an office such as coffee pods, binders and folders, snack wrappers i.e. think what packaging goes in your office waste bins – like crisp and biscuit packets, even rubber gloves can be recycled using Terracycle Zero Waste Boxes.
Once you have followed the flowchart as above – you will have very little waste left – if any. The remaining waste could be placed in a general waste bin or if very small – could simply be taken home (for a small office) and placed in your domestic rubbish.
In most Aussie cities – dry waste (i.e. not containing organic matter such as food waste) can be processed and turned into an alternative fuel – hence reducing the need for new carbon fuels such as oil, gas or coal.
In some cases – you could have 100% of your office waste diverted from landfill.
Benefits of implementing office recycling bins and office recycling services
Focusing on a green office is becoming increasingly popular – as well as looking after health and well-being through exercise and gym memberships.
There is increasing focus on the sustainable credentials of buildings through organisations such as the Green Building Council and State Governments efforts such as here – and this can also be applied to commercial waste management.