Busy office buildings are usually bustling during those peak 9 to 5 work hours. A busy workspace means an office filled with employees generating a substantial amount of waste, whether it be thousands of sheets of office paper or several hundred disposable coffee cups or food containers. Now is the time to start rethinking office waste. A practical way to eliminate office waste is to invest in office recycling. Consider these solutions to common office waste to provide tangible solutions for commercial recycling.
Although businesses depend more and more on technology, most businesses still go through a large amount of paper each year. In fact, it is estimated that one office worker can use up to 10,000 sheets of paper per year. So what can be done to address this waste problem? Cardboard and paper products can be recycled anywhere from 5 to 7 times before they decrease in quality. Implementing office recycling with paper recycling containing and regular recycling pick up times can help eliminate office waster. Also, consider using both sides of the paper before discarding and only printing when necessary to further reduce output.
The average person uses about 156 plastic bottles a year. Americans in particular throw away about 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour. Because of the makeup of plastic bottles, only about 30% are accepted by recycling companies. While recycling whatever plastic bottle you can, you may also consider switching to a more reusable or eco-friendly product, such as aluminum or glass bottle.
Roughly one pound of food per day per person is wasted from either scraps or spoiling. Sadly it is estimated that about 40% of all food purchases go uneaten. So what can be done in the office to eliminate food waste? Compositing is a great solution to using up those daily scraps of food. Food scraps such as fruits, vegetables, or coffee grounds make great contributions to composting piles and can put that food waste to good use.
For more tips on how to cut back on office waste or to set up an office recycling program, contact Mission Recycle, the experts in commercial recycling.