Waste Sorting at Office 101: How to Get Your Office’s Waste Sorted

Sorting your trash at home is important but have you started sorting your waste in the office?

According to Envirowise, 70% of office waste is recyclable. Based on this data, imagine how much office waste can be recycled, but ends up in landfills.

In order to make the recycling process easier, waste sorting can also be done at the office level, this is also the first step towards the realization of the Green Office

How Waste Sorting at Office Helps 

Besides promoting good habits for employees in order to manage waste wisely, waste-sorting at the office can also brings various good impacts, such as increasing the amount of waste to be recycled, reducing the amount of waste ends up in the environment and landfills, and preventing the mixing of waste that will endanger the soil and deplete the ozone layer.

The Commonly-Found Waste in The Office

  1. Paper Waste
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average office worker produces about 2 pounds of paper and cardboard products every day and uses up to 10,000 sheets of paper each year.

To reduce the amount of paper waste in the office, you can print documents on both sides or simply send the files digitally if it’s possible.

Office’s paper waste. Source: thegreentimes.co.za
  1. Food Waste / Leftovers
    As reported from the Food Security Agency, Ministry of Agriculture’s data, every person in Indonesia can produce up to 300 kilograms of food waste every year. In order to avoid food waste in the office, make sure you eat all of your edible food. You can also bring home your food waste and process it into compost at home.
  1. Single-Use Products
    Plastic bottles and disposable cutlery can potentially be found in offices. In fact, based on National Geographic Indonesia, Indonesia is the fourth largest plastic bottle user in the world and with the use of plastic bottles in Indonesia has reached 4.82 billion.

As an alternative, you can bring your tumbler and reusable cutlery. Bringing your own lunch from home can also be an option to reduce the use of plastic and disposable cutlery.

How to Sort Waste at Office? 

You can start the waste-sorting habit at the office with these following ways:

  1. Provide at least two separate trash containers with organic and inorganic categories.
  2. For organic waste in the office, make sure that you use a lid for the waste bin to prevent pests and odor. Organic waste decomposes easily and could produce methane gas in a non-oxygenated environment, so don’t keep your organic waste in a tightly sealed container for a long time. Find a responsible waste management agent that would collect your organic waste daily. Or you could build a simple compost-processing installment at your office’s garden to process your employees’ organic waste.

  3. For inorganic waste you can provide separate containers according to the following categories:
    a.
    Paper waste: HVS paper, Used Beverage Carton (Food / Beverage Carton), used magazines.
    b. Plastic waste: PET, HDPE, LDPE, PP, PVC, Styrofoam, and other types of plastic waste.
    c. Glass waste: glass bottles, light bulbs, mirrors
    d. Metal waste: beverage cans, safety pins, nails

    Waste sorting container at office. Source: swannrubbish.com

    4. As we are still in the middle of Covid-19 pandemic, it’s better to provide separate containers specifically for medical and infectious waste. Dispose your medical waste in the right way to prevent the disease transmission and the irresponsible use of the waste.

    Manage your company’s inorganic waste with Waste4Change. Responsible Waste Management Services will help you and your business to manage waste wisely. Find out more at w4c.id/RWM

    References:

    https://www.roadrunnerwm.com/blog/office-worker-waste-generation

    https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2013-09/documents/fec_automatic_duplexing.pdf

    https://nationalgeographic.grid.id/read/132011639/empat-langkah-sederhana-mengurangi-penggunaan-plastik-sekali-pakai?page=all

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