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Making an effort to reduce office waste not only helps out the environment, but it can have a strong impact on the how well the office operates. Researchers from Princeton University’s Neuroscience Institute concluded that a messy environment can negatively affect how our brains focus and process information.

Plus, reducing office waste can help reduce business expenses. So let’s take a look at some interesting and easy ways to reduce waste that you might not have considered before.

Buy all of your staff a KeepCup
Particularly in an office full of caffeine junkies, the takeaway coffee and tea cups tend to pile up pretty quick. You can buy sealable, reusable coffee cups for your team and cut back on the amount of paper cups consumed, as well keeping the office clean and smelling a lot better. Plus, KeepCup allow you to design your own cup, so get creative!

Go easy on the printing!
This might seem like an obvious one, but many offices let it slide too often. In the US alone, 85 million tonnes of paper are used every year. The best way to get results is to go straight to the source and collaborate with your employees. They are the ones using printing and paper, so chances are they could also come up with the most effective solutions.

Not only will it save you a lot of money, it will reduce the amount of paper laying around the office, plus it means less filing and storage.

Implement an e-waste program
Electronic waste is a real concern for modern offices. Thankfully, there are initiatives for the reuse and recycling of old computers, mobile phones, batteries and other devices that would otherwise become landfill. When you are due for an update, synchronise an e-waste pickup to remove unwanted electronic goods in a responsible manner.

You can organise an e-waste pickup in the Newcastle area here.

Make it easy for people to recycle
One of the best strategies for reducing office waste is to make it simple for the whole team to be involved. Chances are everyone in the office is quite busy, so make things easy for them.

This can be as simple as providing a recycling bin for every employee, rather than having one for the whole office. People will remember to recycle more if it’s simple and accessible, and it will jog their memory more often.

Get an online newspaper subscription, and share it around
Register for an annual newspaper subscription and share the details with the entire office. You could even consider doing the same with a popular magazine around the office, or a relevant industry publication. This will encourage employees to read online and reduce the amount of newspapers and magazines brought into the office.

These are just a few of the ways you can start reducing your impact on the environment as a result of operating, plus you can be actively improving the performance of your team by keeping things clean and tidy.