Act on Waste
This is probably one of the easiest, most practical and used methods for being green in offices, The three R's - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.
Here are today's tips from the Green Office Week website:
1: Use a bulldog clip to transform scrap paper into bound notepads for internal use or get the local printer to cut and bind some for you.
2: Donate used furniture and computer equipment to charities, youth groups and other local organisations
3: Re use envelopes, jiffy bags and cardboard packaging by over-labeling previous address details
4: Avoid using envelopes with plastic windows which are difficult to recycle
5: Set your printer default to double print using both sides of a sheet of paper
We have a policy in place to ensure that only essential documents are printed to keep print wastage to a minimum, and do as much on-screen as we can. Any printing that needs to be done, we make sure is double-sided, where appropriate.
Where it is practical to do so, we will re-use packaging such as cardboard boxes and padded envelopes. I have a box under my desk where any waste paper goes, which we form into notebooks for telephone messages or notes and can use for printing.
We have a number of recycling points set up around the office to recycle paper & plastic. We also have a an arrangement with a company who collect & recycle any unused hardware.