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Tips for Reducing Paper Waste in the Office

Are you looking to reduce your office’s paper waste? It can be surprising just how much paper waste the average office produces. Although the use of paper has drastically been reduced over the years thanks to technological developments, there’s still a lot that can be done to reduce it further.

Here, you’ll discover some of the best tips for reducing paper waste in the office. You may just be surprised how easy it is to cut down.

Use just one paper bin

Back in 2008, it was reported that businesses were paying out a total of £15 billion just in office waste alone. One solution to this, which many businesses still haven’t implemented yet, is a one paper bin policy.

It’s pretty simple, all you need to do is place just one bin in the office, rather than having individual bins at each desk. This forces workers to be more mindful of what they’re throwing away. This tip alone will reduce your paper waste significantly.

Take advantage of technology

These days, there’s a lot of technology businesses can use to reduce paper waste. Taking certain services and tasks online for example, really frees up the amount of waste you’ll use. If you haven’t already, one of the first services you’ll want to move online is payroll. This doesn’t just reduce waste, it also makes life for your HR department a lot easier.

You can also eliminate clocking-in cards by switching to a digital time tracker, get rid of printed handouts and use digital versions instead, and use a file sharing system instead of having to print things off to show colleagues and employees.

Enforce a recycling policy

Recycling is really important in terms of the environment. However, many businesses don’t have a recycling policy in place. The majority of paper waste in an office can be recycled. So, it’s worth doing your research to see what you can and can’t recycle in the office. You could even reuse envelopes by sticking labels over the original address. These little tips can help you to reduce your paper waste by a surprising amount.

As you can see, it’s easy to start cutting down paper waste in the office. It doesn’t even take a lot of effort either. Utilising technology and taking as much of your business online as you can, will make the biggest difference to the amount of paper used on a daily basis.


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