Resource Management In The Workplace
Think Zero Waste
You may decide to start by making small changes in everyday practices, changes that everyone in the workplace can be part of and feel a sense of control over.
It's useful to make achievable changes within the particular area that you work in.
Ultimately you will also want to look at the big picture and your workplace systems
An audit of your waste streams can be a good place to start, reducing waste to landfill as well as associated costs to you as well as to the environment. What’s actually going in ‘The Rubbish’ can be a question at small and large scale levels. An audit of Health & Safety issues in your workplace is also useful. For instance, are staff exposed daily to toxic waste like PBA till receipts?
These audits tell you what’s going out as waste, and helps you to look at what’s coming in. Why should you have to handle and dispose of stuff you don’t need. Audits can indicate starting points for more eco-friendly practices.
Procurement And Disposal
Look at your Supply Chain. How much waste can be eliminated before it gets to your premises. Consider the use of the most sustainable materials, recycled materials, and sustainably packaged materials. Can items be purchased loose instead of packaged?
In offices, consider making waste free purchases of office supplies, do away with ’generic’ waste bins and instead ensure there are bins to separate waste streams. Make provisions to collect resources on site eg: used ball point pens, small e-waste. If you’ve been carefully sorting office waste only to find the cleaner is directed to put it all in the skip that goes to landfill, that can be pretty disappointing. ZCheck out Sustainable Papakura's Collection Point
Think about how you can make sure that everything you produce can ultimately be recycled by the end user.
Ensure a good system for separating waste product for recycling into categories as you work How much contamination of waste streams is there? It's much more efficient to sort and clean at the front end, but it does require good systems to make this work. www.reclaim.co.nz
Consider whether some of your waste could be of value to other businesses or community groups. Connect with Papakura Business Association and Sustainable Papakura to explore options. Share your Sustainable Tips for Businesses.
Support And Learning
Participate in workshops or get advice to learn about reducing and managing waste in workplaces
Consider whether some of your waste could be of value to other businesses or community groups. Connect with Papakura Business Association and Sustainable Papakura to explore options.
Share your Sustainable Tips for Businesses.
Need support? Contact us (link) about Waste Audits to get a handle on what ‘waste’ you’re creating that could be redirected as a resource, and how to do that.
Planning a workplace refit? Contact allheartnz.org.nz to recirculate office furniture.
Planning an Event? Contact zerowasteevents.org.nz for advice and resources.