50 ways to cut down waste
Buy mugs for your staff instead of disposable coffee cups.
Buy your staff reusable water bottles.
Remove single used plates and cutlery.
Install a refill station.
Use refillable pens.
Use both side of papers shred and reuse unwanted paper.
Put a paper recycling bin next to every printer.
Buy recycled toner and ink.
Buy recycled paper.
Reduce your margin settings so that your printer uses less paper.
Encourage car sharing.
Reduce travel to meetings by having video calls.
Distribute memos via email instead of printing them.
Store manuals, policies and other documents online.
Encourage employees to walk or bike to work.
Offer bike parking.
Buy used furniture.
Buy used copiers.
Ask suppliers to take back bulk packaging for re-use.
Challenge your staff to pack a zero waste lunch.
Set all printers to print double sided and switch to black and white printing.
Remove your business from mailing lists to avoid junk mail.
Unplug equipment when not in use.
Set up a Terracycle brigade for disposable biros and other ‘non-recyclable’ products.
Donate old furniture.
Donate old books.
Recycle mobile phones, toner and printer cartridges and light bulbs.
Recycle waste electricals.
Switch to a green energy company.
Install low flow taps and toilets.
Stop using plastic straws.
Offer bamboo cutlery instead of plastic for take away food.
Use cardboard packaging or biodegradable packaging for take away food.
Tea bags can be composted in your food waste.
Coffee grounds can be composted rather than put down the drain.
Switch to glass bottles for milk deliveries rather than using single use plastic.
Donate bubble wrap packaging to charity shops.
Compost food waste, or if you’re a cafe, think carefully about your menu offer to limit food waste.
Recycle all your cardboard packaging.
Old staff uniforms can be upcycled
Offer a discount to those who come for coffee with their reusable coffee cups.
Stop giving plastic bags, sell cloth bags instead.
Provide cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
Choose local suppliers.
Buy recycled toilet paper.
Don’t send unnecessary emails or excessively cc.
Switch to digital business cards.
Turn your PC off at the end of the day.
Turn all the lights off at the end of the day.
Don’t have the heating on when your business is closed.