Zero Waste Tips for the Workplace

  1. Create a culture of transparency. Provide data on waste generated and emphasize that employee participation is crucial to the success of the organization’s waste reduction efforts.

  2. Develop recognition systems to build workplace pride in waste reduction practices. Visibly reward your office champions. They are your waste warriors!

  3. Convert to electronic communications for invoices, bills, and copies. According to the EPA, the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. If a printed copy is necessary, make sure to use recycled paper, that the waste is properly sorted and recycled, and don’t forget to proofread!

  4. Use durable cups and food serviceware for workplace events and daily food and beverage.

  5. Switch to reusable office supplies such as refillable printer cartridges, rechargeable batteries, and reusable air filters.

  6. Buy in bulk. Order products with minimal packaging. Ask suppliers if they will take back packaging, or if options are available with less packaging.

  7. Replace cardboard boxes with durable, reusable boxes for shipment to branch offices, stores, and warehouses. Return, reuse, and repair wooden pallets.

  8. Purchase used, refurbished items including office furniture and equipment instead of buying new.

  9. Integrate training on waste reduction into existing training programs. Provide examples and explain how it differs from recycling.

  10. Educate and involve your customers about your mission to reduce waste. Build brand value and customer loyalty by walking your talk.