The concept of the zero-waste workplace is not a new idea. However, it’s certainly one that is still being perfected.
Being truly zero-waste means no recycling. In fact, recycling should be a last resort in this type of working environment.
Therefore, it all begins at the reduction stage. Reducing your waste and being mindful of what you’re producing is the first step in heading towards the pot of gold that is zero-waste.
Here are five of the best tips for your office, to work towards the zero-waste workspace.
Every busy office will have supplies coming in and out on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, these supplies will inevitably arrive in some kind of packaging. Whether it’s plastic, paper or cardboard, the packaging will be waste.
That is unless, you can make sure it’s reused!
There are a number of sustainable office supply companies out there who are committed to heading towards a zero-waste world.
That means they’ll deliver supplies in packaging that can be used again and again. In the end, that’s a far more environmentally friendly result.
Alternatively, if you’re unable to work with a sustainable office supply company, you can find your own way to reuse supply packaging.
There are many ways to reuse plastic, paper and cardboard packaging in the office. By doing so, you’re well and truly on your way to the zero-waste workplace.
Food waste is present in all offices. It’s just a fact of life!
Realistically, the only way to ensure that there is zero food waste is to magically make your staff eat every last bit of food.
But that isn’t viable.
There are however, other things you can do! Composting food waste means that you’re able to use that waste in other ways.
You can even donate the compost to other businesses that will use it, such as nurseries and planting supply shops.
Alternatively, your workplace may have a garden of its own, where compostable materials can be used.
Whatever the use, composting food scraps is a crucial part of becoming a zero-waste Sydney office.
Scrap Paper and Recyclables
Paper, cardboard and other recyclables are commonplace in most offices.
Many businesses are making huge strides in greatly reducing these items in the workplace, but there’s still a long way to go.
To promote a zero-waste workplace, reuse those boxes and ensure scrap paper finds another way to be useful.
Eco-Friendly Office Supplies
There are plenty of options these days for eco-friendly office supplies.
Those supplies include refillable pens, printing cartridges and many more items. Partnering with an eco-friendly office supply company will give you the best chance of going zero-waste in the near future.
Look to refurbish your computers before disposing of them for recycling.
By successfully refurbishing, you’re preventing these items from going to e-waste facilities, and saving resources used in the recycling process.
Achieving zero-waste is tough, we get it. So, in the meantime, get in touch with Sydney City Rubbish to remove your office junk. We’ll do it efficiently and sustainably, every time.
To discuss your Sydney office fit-out and ways to ensure zero-waste at work, get in touch with Niche Projects here.