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
- 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.