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  • ✓ Send memos and meeting materials (ie: agendas, minutes) electronically
  • ✓ Print only necessary documents
  • ✓ Review, edit, and finalize reports and letters on computer screen before printing
  • ✓ Send quotes and invoices electronically
  • ✓ Subscribe to newspapers and magazines online
  • ✓ Set printing default to ‘double-sided’
  • ✓ Send and receive faxes on your computer
  • ✓ Remove organisation name from bulk mailing lists
  • ✓ Use smaller envelopes
  • ✓ Design brochures and advertising flyers with a mailing panel instead of placing them in envelopes


  • ✓ Discount drinks sold to customers with reusable mugs
  • ✓ Use washable cutlery and dishes
  • ✓ Reuse internal envelopes
  • ✓ Donate or compost unwanted food (Food may be accepted at a Food Bank, church, daycare, etc.)
  • ✓ Donate old magazines and journals to hospitals, clinics, or libraries
  • ✓ Reuse clean side of paper for printing internal documents
  • ✓ Reuse incoming packaging for deliveries
  • ✓ Use waste paper as packing material (shred confidential material first)
  • ✓ Reuse wood pallets
  • ✓ Sell or donate used furniture (on kijiji.com or directly to a church, daycare, or community non-profit organization)
  • ✓ Donate unwanted building materials (i.e. to Habitat for Humanity)
  • ✓ Sell or donate outdated electronics
  • ✓ Convert scrap paper into telephone answering pads or scratch pads
  • ✓ Use an erasable memo or chalk board for messages
  • ✓ Return laser printer and copier toner cartridges for manufacturing


(go to http://www.saskwastereduction.ca/ for detailed information on recycling facilities in your area)

  • ✓ Provide recycle stations at convenient locations (e.g. locate paper recycling containers near copiers and printers) throughout your workplace
  • ✓ Install larger recycle containers and smaller waste containers
  • ✓ Establish "clean out your office" days and recycle items no longer needed
  • ✓ Offer customers and employees battery and cell phone recycling options
  • ✓ Recycle:
    • ✓ paper, metal, plastic and glass
    • ✓ fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps
    • ✓ printer cartridges
    • ✓ electronics
    • ✓ paint and aerosol cans
    • ✓ used motor oil
    • ✓ antifreeze
    • ✓ (or properly dispose of) hazardous waste
    • ✓ building materials


(go to compost.org/English/qna.html for more information on how to)

  • ✓ Start a lunchroom vermicompost
  • ✓ Partner with a farmer to compost organic waste
  • ✓ Use paper bags to collect food waste for composting
  • ✓ Use compostable instead of disposable dishes
  • ✓ Compost wood waste


  • ✓ Obtain a waste audit (adapt this resource to do it yourself) The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council, or a consulting firm may be able to assist you
  • ✓ Ensure that your workplace lunchroom is clean, comfortable, and inviting to encourage packed lunches
  • ✓ Work with suppliers to reduce packaging
  • ✓ Track waste streams to identify reduction, reuse and recycling opportunities
Waste tips developed by Angie Bugg and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society.  
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