Waste

Waste Tips


Change BEHAVIOR

REDUCE

  • 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

REUSE

  • 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  • Sell or donate outdated electronics 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

RECYCLE 

(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

COMPOST 

(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

Create POLICY

  • 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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