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Before you even think about recycling, what should come to mind first are reducing waste and reusing whatever you can. Below are simple opportunities to reduce usage and waste and/or reuse items, as well as common items that are easily recycled.

Reduce usage and waste:

  • Print only what you need
  • Print on both sides of the paper – this practice helps to reduce paper usage and waste by 50%!
  • Reduce the use of paper by sending information or documents via the email, rather than hard copy files or faxes
  • Make use of electronic posters and banners, instead of paper ones
  • Share newspapers and magazines between units and divisions, rather than providing a set for each individual unit
  • Make use of reusable porcelain or metal mugs for coffee breaks, instead of disposable or Styrofoam ones
  • Bring your lunch in reusable containers rather than paper or plastic bags that must be discarded after a single use


  • Reuse scrap paper for taking notes
  • Reuse cardboard or metal boxes for storage purposes
  • Reuse envelopes for internal office mail
  • Reuse file folders by adding a new label


  • Waste paper, including printed paper, unwanted files and notes, used envelopes
  • Magazines, newspapers and phone books
  • File folders
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Old computers, printers, cell phones and other electronics
  • Printer toner cartridges
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Plastic, glass or metal cans or bottles
  • Most plastic containers
  • Paper board (food/milk/juice containers)

It is important to recycle as an individual and lead by example. Share your recycle tips with your colleagues, and encourage everyone at your workplace to play a part in recycling. By just adopting a few simple recycling habits, everyone can make a big difference.

Posted by: The Hurley Group on March 15, 2017
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