If you are concerned about the amount of waste your office produces, it is time to reduce or reuse. To do this, you will need to conduct a waste audit to see the items that are making their way into your waste stream. Then, see which items you could eliminate, and which ones could be used again.
Paper is usually one of the main components of office waste. To reduce paper waste, you should encourage employees to think and edit before they print and use both sides of a sheet of paper. Keep digital office files and share information via email instead of printed memos. To reduce other types of waste, purchase products with little or no packaging. When you receive shipments, save boxes and use them for outbound shipments. Also, provide reusable utensils, plates and cups so employees do not need to use disposable items and encourage them to pack lunches in reusable containers. Lastly, ensure you purchase high-quality equipment that is durable and will not become obsolete quickly.
While you can reduce the amount of garbage your office produces, you won’t be able to eliminate waste, despite your best efforts. So, after you’ve exhausted your options for reduction and reuse, you will need to start exploring office recycling and composting options.
Recycling takes materials that would otherwise be considered waste and makes them into new products. For organic waste, there is composting—a process that breaks down organic waste into soil amendment or soil conditioner. These activities reduce the need for landfills, lead to less harmful greenhouse gas emission and save energy. Therefore, through office recycling and composting you can play your part in protecting the environment.
If you are searching for an affordable solution for office recycling, composting and garbage disposal in Vancouver, Growing City has just what you need. Our program is convenient and easy to implement, and we boast one of the friendliest service teams in the industry.
We can scale our services to match your needs, regardless of the type or size of your business. Once your program is implemented, we make it easy for you to make changes at any time. If you need to adjust your plan, all we require is 72 hours notice. In addition to our regular services, we offer one-time pick-ups as well.
Usually, you would need to invest in separate bins for each waste option when trying to introduce a new office recycling and composting program. This will ensure your waste stream doesn’t become contaminated. So, you can recycle or compost with ease. However, at Growing City, we take care of all the details and we’ll provide all the bins you need. To ensure there is no confusion about what items should be placed in which containers, all our bins are colour coded and clearly labelled. They also have pictures that show what can be disposed of in each receptacle. Cleanliness is important to us as well. That is why we ensure our bins are properly lined (with compostable liners) to minimize mess. When it is time for them to be cleaned, we will do that too.
So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call to speak with a member of our team. Let’s work together to make the world a better place!
For property management companies, Vancouver's ambitious sustainability goals presents both a challenge and an opportunity: to embrace and enhance sustainable waste management practices that meet the high standards of the community and contribute to the city's green legacy.
We are so proud to have recently celebrated the 7-year anniversary of our partnership with Rain or Shine.We recognize commitment to sustainability by only using compostable service items as well and sourcing ingredients locally, as well as the positive impact their volunteering and campaigning efforts have on the local community.