What do you throw away each year that weighs 50 kg?

Monday 15 July, 2013
Water? Food? Plastic? If we think about it, it's not too surprising but each year, the average Australian throws away 50 kg of high-grade paper or, a remarkable 10,000 sheets of A4 paper. Image Image source: Clker.com Just look in your office bin right now, its midday and already, it's probably at least a quarter full. Each ton of paper that is recycled saves: almost 13 trees, 2.5 barrels of oil, 4100 kWh of electricity, 4 cubic meters of landfill and 31, 780 liters of water. But how can we reduce our office waste? Here are ten easy ways:
  1. Use both sides of the page. When printing, copying and scanning, make sure your printer settings are on 'double sided'.
  2. Distribute office memos, newsletters and documents VIA email
  3. Store office manuals, rules, regulations and other related documents online
  4. Make the margins on your word and PDF documents smaller. That way, more words can fit onto a page and less paper is needed
  5. Place paper recycling bins all over the office. Always make sure there is a paper recycling bin in the office's kitchen, near the printer and close to every employee.
  6. Print rough drafts of work on already-used paper
  7. Use a smaller type face
  8. Single space the documents where possible
  9. Buy narrow-line note pads
  10. Share newspapers
What does your office or workplace do to help reduce office waste? let OneShift know!
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