How to Minimize Office Waste


Even the savviest of businesses find themselves unnecessarily wasting resources at times. Minimizing office waste not only helps the environment, it often helps your company's bottom line. For long-term results, give employees incentives to reduce waste and integrate conservation into your company culture.

Save Paper

  • Offices can be one of the biggest offenders when it comes to unnecessary paper waste. Whenever possible, keep business documents virtual rather than printing them out. Not only will you minimize paper waste, it's easier to reorganize and share virtual data. Set your computer and copier to print two-sided instead of one sided and nix unnecessary cover sheets on faxes. Reuse large envelopes for interoffice mail and paper that's already been used for scratch paper.

Reuse at Lunch TIme

  • Disposable silverware and dishes can be convenient but also create a large amount of paper and plastic waste. Encourage employees to bring reusable cups, plates, plastic containers and silverware. If you have a cafeteria, work with the company to give employees a discount when they bring in their own cups and other supplies. Food itself can be another source of unnecessary waste. To keep your office really green, create a composting bin outside your office or arrange a composting system for lunchtime food scraps.

Rethink Landscaping

  • A manicured lawn adjacent to your office may look pretty but can be a waste of precious water resources. Replace lawn and water-hungry plants with low-maintenance succulents and ground cover. In addition to using less water, ground cover doesn't have to be trimmed as frequently because it grows more slowly than grass. If you do maintain a lawn, water during off-peak hours to reduce evaporation and ask the landscaper to compost or mulch any landscaping waste.

Optimize Inventory

  • Businesses can apply waste-reduction efforts to improve their own bottom line. A more accurate inventory forecasting system means less waste due to obsolescence and spoilage. Study past sales data and ask customers about plans for future purchases. If you deliver to distributors and businesses rather than straight to the consumer, consider a demand-driven inventory system that minimizes unnecessary orders. If you do stock food and beverage products for consumers, ensure that products are stored at optimal temperatures to extend shelf life. Place expiring products on the right-hand side of shelves where customers are more likely to reach.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit CandyBox Images/iStock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • Effects of Improper Solid Waste Disposal

    When solid waste, from food remnants to chemical by-products from manufacturing, isn't discarded properly it can have far-reaching consequences for the environment...

  • How to Use a Photocopier

    The photocopier is essential to the functioning of a modern business office. Today's photocopiers often perform multiple functions and almost rival the...

  • How to Reduce Paper Waste

    Paper waste is a tremendous problem worldwide. Land fills are clogged with huge amounts of paper that could easily be recycled or...

  • How to Keep Your Skeletal System Healthy

    Bones are among the most important parts of the human anatomy. They help keep your organs safe and provide backing for your...

  • How to Manage Office Stationery

    A Business Week article in June 1975 introduced the idea of the paperless office. However, offices still use paper and in many...

  • How to Reduce Stationery Costs

    Stationery might be a leftover relic from the days when businesses communicated primarily with physical letters, but even in the digital age...

  • Future Technology Changes in the Office

    Offices are major innovators in technology. Whether they seek to create new products that customers will buy or work to improve their...

  • Proper Waste Segregation & Disposal

    Generating waste is almost unavoidable in today's world. Properly segregating and disposing of your waste not only reduces the amount of toxins...

Related Searches

Check It Out

Are You Really Getting A Deal From Discount Stores?

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!