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 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:
- Use both sides of the page. When printing, copying and scanning, make sure your printer settings are on 'double sided'.
- Distribute office memos, newsletters and documents VIA email
- Store office manuals, rules, regulations and other related documents online
- Make the margins on your word and PDF documents smaller. That way, more words can fit onto a page and less paper is needed
- 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.
- Print rough drafts of work on already-used paper
- Use a smaller type face
- Single space the documents where possible
- Buy narrow-line note pads
- Share newspapers