3 things your manager wants you to know about waste
Recycling isn’t just a job to do at home, so don’t look surprised if your company has some sort of sustainability or CSR policy in place that tries to limit the impact of business operations on the environment. With it being such a hot topic, it’s no surprise that many business owners and managers make it priority when it comes to their employees’ involvement in ‘green’ activities in the workplace. Here are 3 things your manager wants you to know about waste, which could likely be affecting you on a daily basis.
- Recycling at work isn’t always done, but it should be
Recycling is often second nature at home, but is it quite so commonplace in the office or your place of work? More often than not the paper waste we generate each day just ends up in the bin beside our desk, along with the remnants of lunch or whatever junk we throw carelessly away. This could easily be recycled in a communal office bin for this waste stream, preventing tonnes of rubbish being sent unnecessarily to landfill. While most business rates don’t cover recycling pick ups, there is not a huge cost involved in beginning recycling operations at work, and doing so could make a big difference to the war on waste.
- Energy saving at work is crucial
Overheads like electricity and heating are huge for businesses, so any way to cut these is always welcome. Installing energy efficient light bulbs, or having lighting on sensors so that corridors or meeting rooms are not illuminated for no reason can have a big impact on bills as well as carbon emissions. Getting into the habit every evening of shutting down your computer instead of leaving it on overnight and turning everything off if you’re the last to leave the building are standard practice in most companies, but is there more you could be doing to reduce energy wastage at work?
- Job opportunities can arise as a result of recycling and energy saving
As the importance of sustainability in the workplace grows, so do the job opportunities that arise from it. Many large companies now have a dedicated CSR department or manager who is responsible for finding innovative new ways to do business while reducing the carbon impact on the planet. This could open up doors within your own company if it’s area that you want to actively pursue in future as a means of developing your career.