As business owners we want to do good by the planet; to manage and reduce waste to lessen our impact on the planet. Yet we also want and need economies to thrive and grow; worried that spending valuable time organising, decluttering and responsibly disposing of waste will eat into your profit margins?
Ignoring the true cost of waste could be holding your business back rather than striving ahead.
In previous posts we have discussed and offered solutions to conquer the 5 clutter clusters -paper, digital, time management and spatial clutter, managing waste is another form of clutter.
What are the effects of waste?
- Unhealthy work-space
- Stifles productivity and creativity
- Limiting function and flow of work space leading to accidents
- Poor public perception
- Demonstrates lack of leadership
- Visual clutter adds to stress and anxiety of staff
- Time wasted looking things
- Poor decision making
- Possible fines
With strict state-based EPA and local government regulations we are focusing on things that take up space and waste time, but often seen as waste and something that can be recycled.
Scan your office for items such as
E waste- computer, phones, copiers, food scraps from the staff kitchen, ink cartridges from the printer/s, coffee pods, pens, batteries from handheld devises, clothes- worn out staff uniforms can all be recycled
Where to recycle waste
|E waste||Drop Zone, Techcollect, check your local council|
|Food scraps||Share Waste community composts, backyard chickens|
|Coffee Pods||Terracycle plus more|
|Pens||Officeworks (coming soon)|
|Batteries||Aldi’s (small hand held devises and hearing aids only)|
|Worn staff uniforms||SCR Group– Textile recycling|
Every bit helps
Every bit helps as Earth Overshoot Day. moves up the calendar by 2 months in 2019. According to the Global Footprint Network, Earth Overshoot Day has moved up the calendar by two months over the past 20 years to 29 July this in 2019, the earliest date ever. Source WWF Earth Overshoot Day
What is Earth Overshoot Day?
It’s the day that marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources (water, food, territory) and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.
Everything we buy comes with a carbon footprint of some sort- trees for paper- oil for plastics- coal to run our factories. When we rethink our consumption, look for products made from recycled content and work with our teams we can make a difference.
Business Clean Up
Tuesday 25 February 2020 marks Business Clean Up, by participating you are doing your part to promote a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. It’s also a fantastic way to be seen as a community leader and engage with your staff, customers and local community.
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I love being invited into corporates and businesses to share my passion and (hopefully) inspire actions to rethink waste: time, space, money and the impact waste has on our planet.
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