Waste not want not
Waste is a key component of our environmental impact – and our carbon footprint.
There are lots of ways you can reduce waste, help create a calmer and less cluttered space – and cut costs and carbon at the same time.
Reducing waste at work
RECYCLE: Use recycling bins for everything you can, including hand towels and packaging from medical items. Almost all non-healthcare waste can be recycled – except food waste and polystyrene.
SEGREGATE: Make sure you’re confident with how to segregate healthcare waste; recycle where possible and use the offensive (tiger bag) waste stream for all non-infectious bagged waste. If in doubt, check your Waste Management Policy.
CHECK CONFIDENTIAL WASTE: Only use confidential waste bins for confidential waste. NO magazines, catalogues, non-confidential meeting notes etc – these should be recycled at a much lower cost .
MINIMISE PRINTING: Only print when you absolutely need to. Then print double-sided, in black and white, and check that you’re using recycled paper – if not ask your team leader to buy recycled next time.
RE-USE SCRAP PAPER: Use a bulldog clip to make a notebook out of non-confidential scrap paper and using for your ‘to-do’ list.
STOCK CHECK: Ensure stock checking procedures are in place to minimise waste through stock going out of date.
For more info on waste management check out details for your organisation here:
Reducing waste at home
Recycle Now recommend these five easy steps:
THINK BEFORE YOU SHOP: could you buy things with less packaging, or second-hand items? Or items that will last longer rather than disposable – for example rechargeable batteries?
OFFER FOR RE-USE: if you have decent items for disposal consider giving them a new home by sending to charity, contacting your local Furniture Re-use Network or advertising in your local paper or websites like Freecycle or Freegle.
AVOID FOOD WASTE: every year in the UK we throw away £12.5 billion worth of good food, costing the average family almost £60 a month. Find out useful tips on the storage of food, recipes and advice on portioning and meal planning at Love Food Hate Waste.
DONATE PAINT: donate left-over paint to your local re-use charity. To find your nearest scheme visit Community Repaint.