50 ways to cut down waste


BUSINESSES


 
 
  • 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.