While our clients are often as passionate about ensuring that their electronic waste is safely and legally recycled as we are, ewaste recycling isn’t the only way to keep things a little bit greener around the office. We’ve spoken before about how going green can be good for business, and today we’d like to take a look at a few ways that your workplace might be able to cut down on waste and help the world stay a brighter, greener place.
First off — is your company committed to paper recycling?
Your average plain white sheet of paper is part of a cycle that does serious damage to the environment. As trees are cut down (usually for lumber/construction purposes), the parts of them that aren’t useful for building will be turned into wood chips, which becomes pulp, which in turn becomes the fiber used to create paper.
Between the actual manufacturing of paper and the usual process of bleaching to turn it the bright white we’re used to, the whole process is hard on the environment and not sustainable in the long run. We recommend placing a recycling bin next to every desk, printer, copier, fax machine, and everywhere else that paper might find itself, and encouraging your employees to recycle every scrap of paper. Recycling centers like Ever-Green Recycling can help ensure proper recycling practices.
Encourage the company to embrace a green thumb.
“Office plants” do more than simply brighten up an otherwise plain waiting room or lobby — they’re good for the air you and your employees are breathing! Houseplants provide oxygen and help to clean the office air by pulling in airborne pollutants. Pick out a plant or two for each room and you’ll not only freshen the air, you’ll likely brighten your employees’ day.
Save on power with daily shutdowns.
Many workplaces get into a bad habit of leaving their computers on and running at the end of the day. All that overnight power use adds up, both for the environment and your company’s energy bills. Instead, set a rule that every computer needs to be totally shut down at the end of the day. That way, they won’t keep drawing power while no one’s actually in the office.
Don’t skimp on quality office equipment.
It may look good in the short-term to stick to the cheapest office equipment (such as chairs, conference tables, or even using older or outdated electronics) to save money, but you’ll pay for it in the long-run. Cheap office technology and equipment often needs to be replaced as the lower-quality materials wear out or the software is no longer supported by the manufacturer. This could turn your savings into higher costs in the long run, and it’s not environmentally friendly. Instead, consider investing in higher-quality pieces that will last longer and not end up in a recycling center or landfill within only a couple of years.
Turn off the lights.
It’s common for the first employee to enter an office in the morning to go around turning on all the lights, which then remain on for the rest of the working day — and sometimes even into the night. Instead, make it a priority to turn off the lights of any room not currently in use. Is there a meeting in the conference room at 9 AM? The lights won’t need to be turned on until the meeting is being set up, and can be turned off just afterward. It’s a small thing, but turning off lights in unused rooms can really help your energy bills over the course of a year.
These new habits seem small, but they’ll add up over time to help the environment and your office’s bottom line. Once you’ve implemented everything here, ask yourself — what are we doing with electronic waste?
If your old and outdated electronics are simply piling up in extra storage rooms or taking up space in desk drawers or closets, it’s time to find an ewaste recycling partner to help! Electronic Asset Recycling can come right to your office to pick up electronics of all kinds, keeping you in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations without you having to lift a finger (beyond picking up the phone, of course). We even provide hard drive shredding services to help ensure that your company’s confidential data remains totally secure.
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