Reducing paper waste in the office

How can we reduce the amount of waste in the office easily?

Each office is different, but for those businesses that are not mainly paperless, it’s the small things that can add up to make a difference.

For example, having designated recycling and waste points around the office, instead of single waste paper bins under each desk, makes everyone more aware of what they are using and how much paper they are throwing away.

Recycling ink and toner cartridges

Recycling toner cartridges. What’s the best way?

There are many charities involved in ink and toner cartridge recycling as well as private organisations who offer free of charge collections.

Whichever option you choose, make sure you check with your collection service the type of ink toners that they can recycle.

We are moving office and are looking to sell our furniture, what is the best way to do this?

We are moving office and are looking to sell our furniture, what is the best way to do this?

We get asked this question a lot and for the right reason. It is a great way to reuse the furniture which means that it is not going to landfill and at the same time companies can look to reinvest any money from the sale. Office furniture that is still in good condition can be advertised through us at The Recycled Office or you could use the usual avenue of those well known advertising sites! If your furniture doesn’t sell, you can also speak to charities or local schools who are always interested in second hand pieces of furniture.

We bought some chairs about 5 years ago…

We bought some chairs about 5 years ago and they were really expensive but the padding and fabric is wearing out. We don’t want to replace them but what can we do?

Most people love their comfortable office chairs! Don’t throw them away when you can make them look brand new again. It is so easy to mend office chairs, whether it is a mechanism that has broken or the fabric has worn.

Repair and refurbish – great options to extend the life of your office seating – and cost effective too!

We have a lot of junk in our office, if we have an office clearance what kind of things can be taken away?

We have a lot of junk in our office, if we have an office clearance what kind of things can be taken away?

Over time it is amazing to see the amount of random things that can collect in the office! Having a clearance will certainly help free up that space. Anything can be cleared from an office – from general everyday items as computers, office furniture and electrical equipment to the items specific to an industry. For example architect practices have lots of materials and samples that need clearing and charities could have information brochures that may be out of date. For more specialised items such as hazardous waste that needs to be cleared by a certified company. So, all you need to do is ask – as anything can be cleared from your office!

We want to recycle but where do we start?

We want to recycle but we don’t know which system is best for us

All companies have the opportunity to have a recycling system. If there are only a small amount of employees in your office this is really easy you use a system where you use recycling sacks as often as you need – so if you only fill up a bag every 2 weeks, not a problem! We will come and collect from you on an as and when basis. For companies with larger amounts of employees, we can also collect on a daily basis for you. You can recycle things such as cardboard, paper, magazines, newspapers, tins, cans and ink toner cartridges.

Light Bulbs Contain Heavy Metals!

With more companies switching to use Compact Fluorescent Lights, commonly known as energy saving light bulbs, it is increasingly important to recycle all types of fluorescent lighting safely.
Tens of millions of light-bulbs end up in landfill every year making the recycling of fluorescent lights essential to protect the environment.

Energy saving light bulbs do not last forever and must be disposed of correctly!

Why is it important to recycle fluorescent lights?
Recycling of any type of lighting has always been difficult as light-bulbs are made from several different materials.
Energy saving light-bulbs and fluorescent tubes are classified as hazardous waste because they contain mercury that is harmful to the environment if allowed to leach into the ground. Safe recycling is essential.

Skip Hire or Rubbish Removal?

Which should I choose? There have been some interesting developments in waste disposal recently – the Landfill tax set by HMRC has risen dramatically . This in turn has pushed up the price of skip hire, as skip hire companies now have to pay the increased charge. Some skip hire charges have increased by as much as 100% in just a few weeks. HMRC look set to keep increasing landfill tax, which in turn means that the cost of skip hire will keep increasing to accommodate this. To find out more about the increase in landfill tax visit HRMC customs webpage.

Is recycling the best way?

Recycling is almost always the best way to get rid of waste, even when it is exported abroad, according to the biggest ever report on the industry for the UK government.

It also backed up last week’s controversial report published by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs warning that biopolymer plastics made from crops should be recycled rather than put into compost, despite being widely marketed as “biodegradable”.

Wrap, the government’s waste and packaging agency, said it had analysed 200 reports covering seven different materials: paper and cardboard, plastics, biopolymers, food, garden cuttings, wood and textiles. The experts then looked at the evidence for seven methods of disposal, including recycling, composting, incineration and landfill, measured by four different criteria: energy use, water use, other resource use, and greenhouse gas emissions.

In more than four out of five cases, recycling was the clear winner, said Keith James, Wrap’s environmental policy manager.