No matter what kind of services they provide, offices produce large volumes of waste every single day. While this may be somewhat unavoidable, business owners have both a legal and moral responsibility to ensure the waste produced within their premises is handled and disposed of appropriately.
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As a business owner, you’re likely aware of the fact that you produce a wide variety of waste within your office or workspace. Typically, this includes:
Offices produce large volumes of paper waste as it is integral to their work. For example, they may be required to store important documents, bank statements, recipes, cheques and pamphlets on-site to support their daily operations.
Almost every office will deal with some form of confidential waste – for example, this could include financial records, bank statements or employee records. The sensitive nature of these documents means that they must be disposed of with the utmost discretion.
Offices also produce large volumes of WEEE waste. This is because while electrical products such as computers, printers and laptops typically have a long life, prolonged or daily use means they may be more prone to malfunction.
While food waste may not seem that prominent within an office setting – offices produce large volumes of food waste every day. For example, this could include the food waste leftover from corporate events and meetings, alongside waste from employee lunches and snacks.
Offices also produce large volumes of plastic waste, often in the form of packaging or single-use cups. For example, many offices provide employees with access to water fountains and coffee machines – and in these cases, single-use cups are often used.
When it comes to waste management, all office waste must be stored safely and securely prior to collection. Thankfully, there are various ways in which you can achieve this goal. For example, you can set up a designated waste storage area within your facility, which is equipped with a variety of bins to allow for all waste to be appropriately segregated.
At Divert, we can provide you with a range of free bins that can be used to store all manner of office waste. This includes:
Office Waste Wheelie Bins. These bins are available in sizes of 240L- 1100L, which can store between 2-3 and 15-18 bags of waste accordingly. These bins can also be colour coded so that you can separate recyclable waste from non-recyclable waste.
Food Waste Wheelie Bins. These bins are secure and lockable, meaning that they provide you with a sanitary storage solution for food waste. Alternatively, you could look into on-site composting.
There are various different steps you can take to reduce the amount of waste produced within your office. Here are some great ideas to get you started!
Implement a recycling scheme into your waste management plan. For this to work efficiently, you must ensure that all employees are aware of this scheme and what it entails.
Ensure that all employees have easy access to recycling bins. For example, you could have smaller containers located in the office, so they do not have to head over to the waste collection point each time they need to throw something away.
Go paperless, or at least reduce the amount of paper you use within the office setting. For example, important documents can be stored digitally, and e-receipts can be sent to customers and clients.
If you are replacing WEEE products to invest in newer models, donate them to charity instead of throwing them away.
Install signage throughout the office encouraging employees to recycle.
According to a recent report from Envirowise, around 70% of office waste is recyclable. Despite this, only 7.5% of this waste reaches a recycling facility.
On average, the typical office worker will use around 10,000 sheets of paper in a given year. While this may already seem shocking – this means that a team of just 20 will produce 200,000 pieces of paper annually.
It’s estimated that the average employee will produce around 500 kg of waste per year in an office setting.
At Divert, we understand that running a successful office or business can be tricky – as there is always something on your to-do list. However, we can save you a great deal of time, effort and money by putting together an office waste management plan that works for you. Our expert services can be perfectly tailored to your business. This means that we can:
Provide you with access to free bins and containers.
Reduce the impact your business has on the planet through our zero-landfill policies. This can help you improve your company’s reputation.
Put together a waste collection schedule that meets your needs – whether you’d like your waste to be collected on a daily or monthly basis.
Want to find out more? Get in touch today. We look forward to hearing from you.