Did you know that the United States Environmental Protection Agency offers plenty of ideas and resources for businesses looking to reduce waste, reduce costs, and protect the environment? Regardless of your business sector or how many employees you might have, chances are you have an front office that handles accounts payable, accounts receivables, bookkeeping, payroll, and customer inquiries. Here are a handful of tips that can help cut back on your waste and office costs:
- Use re-usable paperclips instead of staples to hold documents together
- Use the reverse side of unwanted documents as scrap paper for taking notes, phone call messages, and to-do lists.
- Make sure you have a recycle bin for paper, cans, plastics, and other recyclable goods! The more you recycle the less you have to pay to dispose of it as garbage.
- Reuse file folders and inter-office envelopes by placing a new label over the old writing
- Store documents online instead of printing out and storing in a file cabinet.
- Use a rubber stamp for your return address or pre-printed envelopes instead of printed labels.
- Always print double-sided pages and use a draft printer setting for documents that aren’t important – that will save you ink and paper!
- Pay bills via e-billing programs or offer direct deposit. That saves on printing checks and mailing them.
- Recycle or donate unwanted or outdated computer and electronics equipment.
- Encourage car-pooling, biking, or providing bus passes. Consider flexible or alternate work schedules to reduce heating and air conditioning use during peak times of the year.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: If your business wants to cut costs and take an active role in preserving the world we live in, there’s no shortage of ideas to try! If you’re just starting out with “going green” pick a few changes that you can easily implement in your workplace or office. Once you start the recycling habit, and see the amount of money you can save, you’ll never go back to your old ways!