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Be Green in 2016

Want to improve your business profile, increase morale and save on costs?  By reducing, reusing and recycling your business waste, you can achieve all of this and much more!  There are plenty of ways you can make your office space more green without making sweeping changes that require considerable effort. Find out how to start or improve recycling and waste management in your business or where you work by checking out our 5 tips and begin making your workplace more environmentally friendly.

1. Make recycling easy
Your office should hopefully already have recycling bins in place to separate paper from general waste, but if not, then you should certainly suggest them. Offices go through a lot of paper, and recycling it can make an enormous difference. It doesn’t have to stop at paper though; you can also have a separate bin in the office kitchen for plastics and tins. If you need help sourcing a commercial waste and recycling collection company then this directory is a great place to start.

2. Aim for a paperless office
Though the paperless office may still seem unrealistic, at least try to cut down on printed material when possible. Read on-screen and only print documents when absolutely necessary. Use only 100% recycled content paper products in the office, and when getting promotional material professionally produced ask your printer for FSC Certified paper. Make sure to look at our other top tips for some easy ways to reduce your paper waste.

3. Use electricity wisely
Turn off all computers, printers, photocopiers, and other equipment that dont need to be left on at the end of the day and leave them off until you need to use them again. Check that all computer screens are set to their most energy efficient settings (e.g. monitor set to shut off after 15 minutes of no use).

4. Transport
For those who do come to the office on a regular basis, encourage car sharing, use of public transit, walking or cycling - not only is it healthy for the planet, but also for your heart! You could even take part in a Cycle to Work scheme.

5. Unsubscribe from any junk mail
We all put in the effort to unsubscribe from annoying emails in our inboxes, and we should all do the same with the post we get through the work place door. With nearly 50,000 tonnes of junk mail hitting Devon’s doormats every year it leads to an awful lot of waste. Whenever your work place receives a pointless menu or catalogue, for example, either take a few minutes to find the contact details and unsubscribe from their mailing list. (MPS cannot be used for business addresses I’m afraid.

If you know a business, group or individual who helps keep Devon one of the top recycling counties in the country then we would like to know about them! The Recycle Devon Thank You Awards were launched 4 years ago to celebrate and recognise those people who go that extra mile to reuse or recycle. Whilst the closing date for entries this year is now closed it is something to keep in mind in the New Year. We would like to thank all those who have made nominations and congratulate those who have been shortlisted. Keep your eyes peeled to see this year winner, who will be announced next February at County Hall in Exeter.