Secrets to waste reduction in the office!

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When it comes to waste reduction, the challenge must be overcome both at home or in the office. In an office setting, waste usually comes in the form of paper. There are some useful hacks when it comes to effective waste management, which not everyone is aware of. So, in the spirit of starting 2017 with one eye on sustainability, here are some awesome secrets to help with your waste reduction and waste management in the office:

  • Engage Employees, Clients and Communities – Probably the hardest tip to follow through on but if you want to be successful with your waste reduction strategy, you’ll need to cast the vision and ensure the buy in of your team. You might need to carry out training on waste management, take suggestions from your employees, clients and the community at large and then involve them in creating incentives for waste reduction. Your social media page and signage at the office should share information on your efforts and where possible, have a take-back program and implement recycling. You should also consider providing water bottles and mugs that are reusable.
  • Recycling with Other Businesses – A really effective approach to waste reduction is by sharing equipment with other businesses close to you. If you have recyclables, you can sell them off as one. It may be possible to work together to host a recycling event for e-waste (discarded electronic appliances) as well!
  • Commercial Interchange Participation – Did you know that you’re able to exchange materials that you don’t want or may have in excess, for other things that you do need. You will find a wide variety of materials here, some that may be at no cost, while others will be available for a small fee. Either way, you will be recycling some of the things you no longer use including old computers and other electronics.
  • Donations – If you have old office supplies and old furniture, you should consider donating them. Non-profit organisations would benefit as well as cooperatives that would make use of craft supplies, binders, stationary, electronics and more.
  • Reduce the Use of Paper – One of the best efforts at waste reduction is to use the “print on both sides” feature on your computer. Ensure that this is the default setting. Additionally, try to fit more words per page by changing the margins to 0.75 instead of 1.25.
  • Audit your Waste – The motto for productive waste management is reduce, reuse and recycle. Start the waste reduction process by making sure you know just what it is that gets thrown away so that you can have an idea where you need to cut back on.
  • Minimise Lunch Waste – Ask staff to consider eating in by bringing their own packed lunch (in a re-usable lunchbox) vs. ordering out or picking lunch up and eating at their desks.
  • Email Newsletters – Instead of circulating paper newsletters, create a regular mail shoot and send out email newsletters. You’ll be saving trees and reducing advertising spend at the same time! You will definitely be contributing to waste reduction and the environment will thank you for it.

Sustainable business operations are becoming more common place and everybody needs to play their part  in saving the environment. You can start with effective waste reduction and waste management and by getting the message across to your employees you can amplify the impact. As staff learn they will form good habits and spread the information on recycling, waste reduction and waste management to their friends, family members and more!

If you have any questions about effective waste reduction and waste management for your office, call The Organised Cleaning Company on 020 74584433 and talk to one of our team today!

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Greasy floors, filthy toilets & unhygienic kitchens – which is your favourite?

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We have come across research carried out by personal injury solicitors Hayward Baker, who carried out an in-depth study into the conditions of Britain’s offices, shops, factories, warehouses and building sites. The research discovered a staggering 69% of British workers claim their workplace to be a health hazard.

The study of over 1000 staff revealed 35% of working Brits have picked up an illness from their place of work – with 18% claiming to have been struck down with food poisoning or caught a stomach bug because of dirty conditions.

A further 39% have even suffered an injury at work – with 20% of Brits having been to hospital due to a work-related illness or injury.

Complaints to emerge from the study regarding the workplace include:

• Greasy and slippery floors (16%)

• Unhygienic work colleagues (13%)

• Unsanitary toilet facilities (11%)

• Cluttered floors (10%)

Dirty kitchens also pose a problem for 10 per cent of the nation’s workforce – as do ripped carpets (9%), broken chairs (8%) and unsafe wiring (6%).

Almost half (46%) of those polled have complained to their bosses about the state of their place of work, with a further 21% saying their manager did nothing to rectify the situation.

The bottom line – Going to work could seriously damage your health if businesses don’t take working conditions seriously enough.

Fancy using less stuff in your workplace?

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logoEven in this digital age, the average UK office worker uses around 45 pieces of paper every day, which means in an office of 25 people, 261,000 pieces of paper are used in just one year (that’s a lot of paper). To encourage people to use less we have put together a few hints and tips for using less stuff in the workplace…

Think Before You Print

Think twice if you really need to print – and if you do need to print, think about printing on both sides. This is an easy way to reduce paper usage by half.

Work As a Team

Put a new system in place that encourages recycling in the workplace – even something as simple as putting in a few recycling bins or creating a system that allows staff to measure how many print copies they are personally responsible for each month will get everyone working together on reducing their personal footprint.

Switch it Off

Have a ‘switch it off’ checklist that needs to be completed before the last person leaves at the end of the day. Apparently, £227 million worth of energy is wasted on appliances that are left on standby every year. Not only will this help to save money, it will also reduce your risk of a fire and help the environment too – it’s a triple win!

Think Small

Big change comes from small actions – it all adds up! You could do your part with anything – use a tupperware dish instead of tin foil for your packed lunch, think twice about printing, turn off your charger when it’s not needed: If we all did these little actions, it would make a big difference.

If you would like any help on waste management in your workplace, why not give The Organised Cleaning Company a call on 020 7458 4433 and they’d be happy to help!

Finding it hard to concentrate?

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One of the biggest problems for a lot of people is creating a good working environment where they can be productive. The best ways to do this is by having an organised workspace – so here are a few top tips for achieving exactly that.

Throw away unnecessary clutter

Old notes from 5 years ago, pen lids, used notepads – you’d be surprised by how much clutter builds up after a while. The first step to an organised office is getting a bin bag and being strict. If you can’t remember the last time you used something, or a solid reason to keep it, it’s probably best to throw it away.

Adopt a paper-free environment

Having a paper-free environment has a lot of perks:  it reduces clutter, it’s easier to search for certain documents, and backs up your files in the case of a fire. Of course, going paper-free is also great for the environment, and is a great, simple way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Create a filing system

Whether it’s for paper, or online, creating a concise filing system is a guaranteed way to get more organised. The best way to do this is to think of common ‘categories’ that your files could slot into.

Curb cable clutter

Tangled wires not only pose as a tripping hazard, they can although increase the risk of a fire. To reduce the number of cables in your way, put away or get rid of any electronic equipment you use infrequently, and make sure the wires you do have are neatly organised with cable ties and run behind appliances.