Workplace Waste Diversion Plans: simply smart business

waste diversion plan

Fact: as much as 90% of office waste could be recycled or composted.

Implementing a workplace waste diversion plan isn’t just a feel-good environmental thing. It’s also a smart business move that can reduce costs and foster team spirit.

Paper, paper, read all about it!

Whatever happened to the paperless office that was predicted decades ago?

Paper is by far the largest source of office waste. In fact, the average office worker produces roughly two pounds of waste paper every day — that’s about 10,000 sheets per year.

And here’s the kicker: around 30% of printed jobs aren’t even picked up at the printing machine, and almost half of all printed material ends up in the trash at the end of the day. That’s a lot of wasted paper and a lot of dead trees.

So, paper use is one policy where you can really reduce consumption – and, with it, your office supply budget and garbage disposal costs.

Do you really need to print out that email or memo? If you do, choose the double-sided printing option whenever possible.

Make sure your waste diversion plan provides for dedicated paper-recycling bins beside each printer and copier, as well as near everyone’s desks.

And don’t forget to opt for recycled paper products when you’re doing the purchasing.

Did you know? Waste paper can be recycled 5 to 7 times and be used for many other useful things like toilet paper and paper towels.

Mountains of plastic

According to Canadian watchdog organization Environmental Defence, only 11% of plastic waste is recycled each year in Canada. The other 89% is either incinerated or ends up in landfills, waterways and parks, leeching toxins into the air and water, and killing wildlife.

Instead of supplying water in single-use plastic bottles, how about installing a water cooler? Providing reusable mugs and glasses will cut down on plastic waste dramatically, and actually reduce purchasing and waste management costs.

And we probably don’t need to tell you, but Styrofoam cups are especially problematic. You should avoid using them altogether.

Low-hanging fruit

Another way to reduce waste at work is to recycle compostable materials. These include food scraps, coffee grinds, tea bags, napkins, paper towels, and even cardboard sleeves from hot drink cups. As most of your employees will already be using a green bin at home, you’ll likely get 100% compliance in your staff kitchen.

Did you know? When compostable material is processed it can be used to enrich mineral-deficient farm land and even produce power.

Many hands make right work

When everyone at work does his or her bit to reduce, reuse or recycle waste, it can bring the team together and encourage a positive attitude toward your organization, the environment and the customers you serve.

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Does your organization have a waste diversion plan? If not, get in touch with us. We can help you establish and meet your sustainability goals.

At Allcare we care about clean – and creating a sustainable future.

4 Reasons to Remove Dirt and Dust with Microfiber

Small things often make a big difference. And this is certainly the case with microfiber, a synthetic textile made from microfibers with a diameter approximately 1/16 the thickness of a human hair.

At Allcare, we use these microfiber cloths and dusters to clean surfaces better and more efficiently than conventional rags and dusters. In this post, we explain some of the reasons why we use microfibers.

1. Microfibers Capture More Dust and Dirt Particles

Microfiber materials are densely constructed out of microscopic polyester and polyamide (or nylon) fibers. These microfibers, which are so small, have more surface area for cleaning than traditional textiles. The pockets between fibers help hold dirt and liquid, and these tiny fibers are able to penetrate the microscopic surface pores of most flooring materials.

In comparison, dry dusters (including feather dusters) do a poor job of trapping dust and dirt, and often simply move it around.

Dust, dirt, hair and lint are also all attracted to microfiber cloths. Without getting too much into the science, positively charged microfibers have a pull, so to speak, on negatively charged dust.

2. Microfibers Reduce Waste

Microfiber cuts back on waste by lasting longer than other cleaning textiles. While microfiber mops initially cost about twice that of traditional loop mops, a microfiber mop’s lifespan is about 10 times as long. Microfiber, unlike paper towels or cotton rags, can be used hundreds of times after laundering. This means that materials can get reused, and less is thrown away.

3. Microfiber is Easier on Cleaning Staff

Microfibers make cleaning easier because they can be slid over surfaces smoothly and easily. And since microfiber is more effective at removing dirt,  cleaners don’t have to put as much effort into scrubbing surfaces to clean them.

Also, since microfibers require a smaller volume of water and chemicals to be effective, it’s easier for staff to transport equipment easier to the job site. In fact, microfiber dusting wands can help pick up dust without any water or chemicals at all.

Because they’re not weighed down and slowed down by their equipment, our staff can clean more area, more quickly and more easily.

4. Microfibers Require Less Water and Fewer Chemicals

Microfiber is able to absorb more liquid than conventional textiles. Because more water is retained (and less is dripped on surfaces), microfibers require less water overall.

And because they more efficiently clean surfaces, they can also reduce the amount of chemicals needed to clean. Microfibers have been found to reduce the use of cleaning chemicals by two-thirds. Reducing the use of chemicals (even the eco-friendly ones we use) helps us be greener, and save money.

 

At Allcare, we use microfiber technology to make sure that our clients have the cleanest surfaces as possible. Microfibers make the removal of dust and dirt from desks, countertops, and other surfaces easier, less expensive, and more sustainable.

Do you use microfibers for cleaning? Please let us know why you chose this method in the comments!