Waste Reduction Week
- Set up a green team of diverse staff who will investigate, document and motivate change in your business. Your green team should develop a waste reduction policy outlining the direction and specific commitment for improvements. Request that your suppliers comply with purchasing policies created by your green team.
- Cut down on paper use by networking computers and sharing files electronically.
- Use e-mail and voice-mail. Buy paper products with post-consumer recycled content.
- Do double-sided photocopying and encourage staff to use one-sided paper for scrap paper notepads.
- Recycle office paper and corrugated containers.
- Use routing slips or bulletin boards instead of multiple copies of reports.
- Ask to be removed from junk mailing lists.
- Give old paper stock to schools, community groups and non-profit organizations.
- Switch to energy-efficient fluorescent or halogen lights. Install motion sensors.
- Turn off all unnecessary lights, computers and equipment after hours.
- Install a thermostat system to turn down heating and minimize air-conditioning during off-hours.
- Buy energy efficient appliances.
- Plant windbreaks and shade trees around your business.
- Buy locally—it avoids the need for protective packaging and costly transportation. Support businesses that utilize recycled and other environmentally-friendly materials.
- Recycle laser printer toner cartridges and copier machine developer.
- Reduce packaging waste.