The Ultimate Guide To Recycling Office Waste


office waste paper recycling

Many businesses are looking for different ways on how to reduce office waste as well as reduce their carbon footprint. So, office recycling programs were implemented for some. Not only does it reduce the generated waste from the business, but also reduces the cost allocated to waste disposal. Although that’s the case, these programs may be very limited and it’s still up to you on how to make your workstation eco-friendly.

Recycling office waste doesn’t have to be hard, so here are some tips you can take note of and perform the following day. 

Wish-cycle Target 

The first step in recycling office waste would be to set up monthly goals for each department or for the whole company. Having a goal makes it much easier for the employees to get motivated. And you don’t have to limit each target to only paper and plastic. Try adding metal waste, food waste, and electronic waste to the list!

Print on both sides of the paper

The most common tip would be to print on both sides of the paper especially if it’s not an important document. It isn’t the most common tip for nothing since implementing this would definitely halve your paper waste in no time. Not only does this method reduce paper waste and decrease company expenses, but it also supports carbon sequestration and reduces climate change.

Encourage reusable water bottles/coffee cups

Of course, an employee’s day won’t be complete without a cup of coffee or a glass of water. It’s best to restrain from buying from vending machines since most of them have single-use plastic bottles or tin cans. Also, office pantries are common nowadays so encouraging your employees to bring their own mugs or tumblers is much easier.

Promote lunch boxes

homemade lunch boxes for office

Another factor increasing your business’ waste is single-use lunch boxes or the packaging from fast food orders. Persuading your employees to switch to homemade meals might not be easy, but laying down other environmentally conscious lunchtime choices might do the trick. If you’re ready-packed meals for your employees then we encourage you to consider switching to a canteen-style lunch with the use of reusable plates and cutleries. Aim for zero-waste lunchtime!

Go paperless

When you think about offices, paper always comes into mind since it’s needed for important documents. But the advancement of technology allowed people to view documents without the use of paper. It might not be possible to be 100% paperless, but limiting the use of paper is a good start. Instead of asking employees to print meeting documents, try allowing them to take their phone, tablet, laptop, or any gadget which allows them to view the document during meetings. Also, avoid mindless printing. 

Have a separate bin for organic waste

Food scraps are unavoidable so it’s better to have a separate bin for them. You can also start composting these wastes. A little garden in the office is not a bad idea and it makes the atmosphere in your workspace fresher. Not only that, composting boosts the soil and gives it extra beneficial nutrients to make it as healthy as possible. 

Perform waste audits

Performing regular waste audits will allow you to understand which materials you are usually throwing. By knowing this, you can think of solutions to reduce it or find an alternative recyclable material that functions the same. Monitor and continue to improve your recycling program. And don’t forget to post the results for everyone to see because seeing the results of your and the employees’ hard work will definitely light a fire under them.

Don’t throw old or unused office supplies

Bet there are times when you accidentally order more office supplies than needed and they end up being stashed for years inside the storage room. Instead of throwing them away, you can always look for other activities that would make them useful. How about the used supplies? Well, don’t throw them away if they aren’t that worn or undamaged because new employees can still use them. If you’re hesitating to keep them in the office, you can just donate them to schools or foundations instead of throwing them away.

Other uses for used paper:

Use them for wiping wet surfaces. Doing this avoids cross-contamination and it gets the surface dry quicker compared to rags.

Use it for cleaning windows. This is an effective way in having a squeaky clean window minus the smudge. Doing this makes your windows much cleaner compared to paper towels or rags.

Fold it into a mini-bin. It serves as a personal bin especially if the office bin is far from your station. You don’t have to constantly stand up and sit down to throw your trash.

Gift wrapper. Not only will you save money, but also have an awesome-looking gift wrap. Just don’t forget to cover any important information printed on it and you’re good to go.

If you’re good with origami then used paper can be used for a plethora of things such as a pen holder and more. 


Keeping an office space eco-friendly requires a lot of research and action, but it isn’t impossible. Recycling is one of the few ways to make your office eco-friendly. It’s just a matter of what to recycle and what to do about it. You might think that recycling is just additional work, but once you practice the things mentioned above, you’ll definitely have a change of heart. 

You have so many options on how to recycle office waste that is both beneficial for you and the environment. Just be creative and think about what needs to be done. You’ll definitely come up with more recycling options for your business.