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.