RETHINK SUSTAINABILITY, TRANSFORM WASTE
Waste management has one of the most direct impacts on the environment and your business operations.
It is time to transform your waste stream into a value stream, and move towards Zero Waste with Great Forest.
Q: What is Zero Waste?
A: Zero Waste is a movement aligned around the ideal goal of achieving 90%+ diversion of waste from landfill and incineration. The goal is to generate less waste, use less materials, and make sure that whatever we produce can become a resource that others can reuse. In other words:
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
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BLUEPRINT FOR A ZERO WASTE OFFICE
Here are a few tips on what you can do to start your personal and professional journey towards Zero Waste.
1) Track waste data, schedule a waste audit or assessment
You cannot manage what you can’t measure. Tracking your waste lets you know the volume of waste and recycling you are generating, while scheduling a waste audit or assessment will give you a better idea of what you are actually throwing away and recycling during a given period so you can spot inefficiencies. Ask your office sustainability manager to schedule a waste audit or call Great Forest.
2) Understand your waste stream
Once you know what you are throwing away, you can ask why and begin to work to solve the problem. Determine what you can eliminate, and prioritize waste reduction activities.For example if your waste audit reveals that disposable coffee cups form a large portion of your office waste, it may be time to encourage everyone to bring in their own reusable mugs.If you see your office waste and recycling bins overflowing with paper, check to see if they have been printed on both sides. If not, it may be time to program all printers to do double-sided printing.
3) Take action and set goals
Start working first towards your own personal zero waste goals. To succeed we have to carry this zero waste mindset and behavior from home to work and back again. Set goals that you can achieve, then expand that success from your personal to the professional sphere.
4) Engage employees/colleagues, build a culture of sustainability
The most successful programs are the ones in which everyone is committed. Sustainability is a team effort.
5) Share your success and best practices
Get everyone excited. Show your colleagues, clients and friends that your efforts are working. Spread the news and watch others follow your lead.
(Source: 5 Simple Steps to Creating a Zero-Waste Office, Entrepreneur magazine)
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