Many businesses are keen to do their bit for the environment and run a greener operation. Even if saving the planet is not as high on your agenda as keeping your business running on a day-to-day basis, going green can have a number of measurable benefits.
Recycling within the office can reduce the costs of replacing equipment and materials, while reducing the overall levels of waste you produce can also lower your commercial waste disposal costs.
Many customers are keen to buy from greener sources and your efforts could also become part of your brand’s selling points.
Reducing overall waste
There are a number of ways to reduce the overall amount of waste you create within the office environment. It can help to audit and analyse the waste you create on a regular basis, identifying areas where this can easily be reduced.
The flow of paperwork is an obvious one in many businesses. Consider storing and distributing more documents electronically, but be sure to keep proper records and backups. Storing data on the cloud can be a surprisingly cost-effective way to do this.
You should also think carefully before ordering equipment and other one-off or irregular purchases. It may be better to clean, repair or refurbish items rather than throwing them out and replacing.
Try to source items that have less packaging and try to buy in bulk, which will generally be cheaper as well as producing less overall waste. You should also think about insulation and other energy conserving solutions. These can be expensive to implement but reducing your energy bills can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Dealing with waste properly
Even when you’ve done all you can to reduce, re-use and recycle waste, almost any business will still have some to dispose of. A good way to deal with this waste is compaction. This involves using machines to compact or crush your rubbish down to size. When it is disposed of, the compacted waste will take up far less space in the landfill site where waste that cannot be recycled ultimately ends up.
As well as presenting a greener option, waste compaction can also be more hygienic as it reduces the chances of infestation by rodents or insects, prevents wind scatter and reduces the risk of fires.
It can also be highly cost effective as services can be tailored to your individual needs.
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