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Top tips to go green in the workplace

This post originally appeared on the JustGreen Community website.

As a sustainable lifestyle enthusiast, you’re probably fed up with employees printing unnecessary documents or throwing away items that are meant to be recycled for another project. You want to encourage your employees be more eco-conscious, but you don’t know where to begin.

Here’s a list we’ve compiled with four easy tips to encourage employees to adopt aneco-friendly approach to life in the workplace (and here’s hoping it carries over to their home life!).

4. Separate Trash in the Office

It’s easy to integrate a recycling routine. Find a designated trash room where employees can dump their disposables (glass, plastic, paper, and e-waste) into labeled wastebaskets. E-wastebaskets are used for old technology like keyboards, monitors, and toner/ink cartridges. For items that no longer work or have been replaced (computers, fax machines, printers, etc.), find out if these can be returned to the original manufacturer for refurbishing purposes. Some companies even offer buy-back plans!

3. Store a Compost Container in the Kitchen/Dining Area

Invest in a sealed compost container and encourage staff to take turns taking the compost home. (It’s great for gardening). If you’re not sure where to start, check out this compost guide used by Harvard University.

2. Bike or Walk to Work

If your employees bike (or walk) to work, they will not only incorporate cardiovascular exercise into their daily routines, but also save money!  The U.S. government may even reward your efforts with a tax credit! It’s estimated that “…one million dollars a year might be eliminated from the federal tax roll due to this new employer write off,” according to The League of American Bicyclists. 

1. Go Digital

It’s 2013. Most companies use email, texts and other forms of online communication to stay in touch, anyway. You can share photographs and documents through the web, and even host meetings through Skype and other videoconferencing services. These days, most things can be accomplished virtually, and with few negative implications for the environment.

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