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Zero waste at work is it possible?

We are doing more than ever in our homes to be more aware of the environment, by buying less plastic to re-using and re-cycling. However are we doing nearly as much at work?

Often we want to and I hear many of my work colleagues saying how guilty they feel about throwing something into the bin because we don’t have the facilities at work. So we have no choice but to just shrug it off or do we?

There are lots of things you can do to reduce waste in the workplace and one of them is a new scheme that you could feel very virtuous about introducing to your MD.

It’s called Terra Cycling and this system offers a range of free programmes that are funded by conscientious companies like Walkers and Hovis. They have recycling solutions available for almost every form of waste.

TerraCycle offers free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste. Simply choose the programs you’d like to join, download free shipping labels; and send them your waste to be recycled. You can even earn rewards!

TerraCycle’s Zero Waste Box™ platform allows you to recycle almost any type of waste, from your coffee capsules to complex laboratory waste. Choose the waste stream you’d like to recycle, purchase your preferred box size, collect your waste, and send it to TerraCycle to be repurposed. Shipping is included!

The other thing, which is soooo simple, is composting. Think about all those cafétiers and tea bags going into the bin liner every single day, week or year!! Your waste collection company will most likely have a composting scheme available so just ask!

It goes without saying that a standard recycling system for glass, paper and plastics needs to be put in place with clearly marked bins for your staff to use – some people do find it very hard to work out what goes where otherwise.

Now let’s look at marketing materials…

Think carefully about the end user of these leaflets. How many will just get chucked in the bin? Is there another way to promote your business and services without giving out thousands of leaflets?

I know that printing is not a completely eco business as people need things printed. However, always push 100% recyclable materials and use recyclable ink.

Do you have a reception area? If you have a water machine available you may want to look at a plastic cup alternative. Often people fill the cup to the top and then look for a place to empty the remains out not to mention the ‘one-use’ plastic cup. Switch to a paper cone, they are cheaper and can be thrown away guilt free.

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