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The Green Scene August 24, 2006

Posted by Amanda in Business Tails.
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Is your business green? I’m not talking about the color of the lawn or the walls of your office. Does your business do all that it can to help the environment? There are simple things you can do to encourage your employees to pitch in. Do you recycle?

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Printer Paper
  • Junk Mail
  • printer and photocopier toner cartridges

These are easy things to recycle. Some towns even have recycling pickup for cans and sometimes paper. If paper recycling is not available around you, simply cut the printer paper and use the blank side of it for scratch paper. You can also use e-mail whenever possible instead of printing documents, establish a policy of double-sided photocopying and printing, and circulate one copy of memos and reports for review instead of printing hard copies for everyone. Store and access as much information as possible using computers.

In your office kitchen, look at providing reusable flatware, plates, glasses, and mugs in dining areas instead of disposable paper and plastic items. Encourage employees and students to use their own mugs for beverages.

Electronics such as computers and cell phones can be recycled, too

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS If possible, calculate how much you are recycling every so often. Keep a progress chart in a common area that shows employees how many pounds of aluminum, glass or paper they’ve collected. You might also want to set goals and reward employees when they’re reached. It’s a great way to get your employees to work together as well as help the environment!

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