The Plastic Problem – Reducing Plastic Waste In The Office
Are you ready to join the war on plastic? The plastic-free movement is picking up some momentum, in fact, it is picking up so much momentum that the government and businesses of all sizes are finally taking notice and taking action. UK businesses are well-placed to make a huge difference when it comes to tackling problems concerning plastic in our environment. Although individual efforts to reduce plastic usage impacts the environment over time, cutting plastic usage at business-level results in significantly greater reductions in plastic waste. We look at three simple things you can do to stop contributing to the issue, starting today.
Waste audits are a great way to help you measure the effectiveness of your current waste management systems. Waste audits can be an eye-opening experience as they often identify wasteful practices that translate into soft pound losses from a financial perspective. They can also highlight areas of hazard that Health & Safety need to beware. Get a clear understanding of your organization’s waste habits, streams and areas of improvement to help set clear goals for the rest of the year.
A waste audit includes a review of your current methods of handling waste and should help you to identify what improvements need to be made. It is a good idea to carry out waste audits regularly in order to allow you to monitor improvements. A good waste management partner should be able to help you do this and provide advice on areas of continuous improvement.
Water Coolers/Water Filters
Installing a water cooler or water filter makes it less likely for employees to continue purchasing bottled water. With easy access to clean and free water, people are more likely to use reusable bottles and glasses for drinking.
When you choose to use a water cooler or water dispenser, you’re able to do your part for the environment, but you’re able to enjoy healthy, crisp, clean and clear water without having to worry about the chemicals that might be in normal tap water.
Create A Green Team
In our previous blog posts, we have discussed the importance of creating a Green Team in the office. A Green Team essentially creates and implements projects that address company-wide environmental problems. These teams help establish sustainable practices at your workplace and can have a huge impact on reducing plastic bottle waste and create an overall improvement to your company.
To assist your company in achieving its sustainability goals, your green team can consider setting up a central supplies library to reuse and recycle office stationery and other items. Not only will that reduce the amount of plastic ending up in our oceans, but it will also reduce the spend for your company too.