Many decades after the concept of a paperless office first became a staple of the business world, the use of paper is just as widespread as ever. While advances in corporate communication and the adoption of the latest technology has reduced paperwork to some extent, any office worker can tell you that there is still plenty of paper around.
By now it is clear that the paperless office remains a pipe dream, and that it is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Until that fabled and oft-promised paperless office finally arrives, businesses can take steps to reduce the environmental impact of all that paper. Establishing a comprehensive paper recycling program in the office can help companies go green and reduce the amount of paper that ends up the local landfill.
There are a number of strategies business owners can use to increase paper recycling in the office and make their firms cleaner and greener than ever. Here are some simple but effective ideas to get you started.
- Provide individual recycling stations at every desk. These recycling centers do not have to be large or elaborate; basically they are closed trash cans with a small slot at the top for paper. This simple step can sharply increase paper recycling at the office and reduce the amount of office waste.
- Set up a central recycling center in the employee break room, and satellite centers in conference rooms, hallways and other high-traffic areas. You want the recycling bins to be ubiquitous, something employees see as they go about their daily jobs.
- Allow, or even encourage, workers to shred and recycle their personal paperwork. Not all firms will be comfortable with this approach, but allowing employees to recycle their junk mail and other personal paperwork can increase the amount of paper recycled and give the business a greener environmental profile.
- Educate employees on the importance of recycling. A little education can go a long way, and once workers know how much office waste ends up in landfills, they may be more willing to do their part. Education is a powerful part of any office recycling program, and that education should be an ongoing process.
- Set a good example by buying recycled paper and other office items. Buying recycled is good for the bottom line, and good for the office recycling program. Business owners can set a great example by asking the purchasing department to buy recycled products whenever possible.
Recycling is great way to help the environment, and those recycling efforts do not have to end at home. By increasing paper recycling at the office, business owners and their employees can go green and help everyone enjoy a cleaner and more sustainable future.
Shred Alaska can provide you with a free on-site business evaluation to help make your office “greener”. Shred Alaska provides complimentary shred containers for on-site destruction. You have the option of 2 secure containers for your recurring shredding needs. Utilize these containers to securely store materials between your shred services. This ensures this paperwork makes it to the recycling center and not in the landfill.