Office Recycling Tips & Hints

By: Michiel Van Kets


Recycling paper is an uncomplicated procedure and there are numerous recovery centers based in most major cities these days where you can make arrangements for the collection of used paper and card. Keep all your old newspapers, magazines, and cardboard, bundle it up and have it transported to a processing plant where it will be re-used.

Cardboard is ideal for recovery purposes as there is no ink removal involved as happens when processing magazines and newspapers. Conservationists are keen to promote recycling publications as, in comparison to producing completely new ones from raw materials, the amount of energy used is minimal - the less energy used in the production process means fewer emissions are released into the atmosphere.

Recycled material means less resources end up in landfills, leaving more room for items that can't be re-used, which is good news as most countries are now experiencing problems with overflowing landfills.

The first place any business should start in its paper recycling effort is by buying in those office supplies that have the recycling symbol printed on them; generally nobody can tell the difference, and the other main advantage is that it's less expensive to buy. Recycled pulp is commonly used to make greeting cards, poster board, and cardboard products.

Conservationists have been saying for years that certain measures need to be put into action if forests are to be protected otherwise they will become more and more eroded and there will be little left to protect or care for. Trees are a fundamental part of the world ecosystem because they generate oxygen from carbon dioxide so the less of them there are the more the environment suffers.

In any work situation, much that gets discarded could have been recycled; it's just that not many people have an understanding of what is re-useable and what isn't. Introducing an initiative into the office environment will reduce your carbon footprint and save the business money over the long term.

Office recycling can also include electronic items including printers and laptops that aren't used anymore. In some cases money can be made as there are various programs and schemes whereby the larger electronic companies will actually pay you for electrical goods that you don't use or need anymore. Items such as calculators, camcorders, camera lenses, cell phones, desktops, digital cameras, external hard drives, gaming consoles, laptops, MP3 players, PDAs, projectors, and video games are all able to be dismantled and materials reclaimed.

Check out companies that offer services for waste management in Australia; many of them are at the forefront of all aspects of waste management and resource recovery and can help you with a solution to fit your business needs.

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Michiel Van Kets writes for William Sharp about Veolia Environmental Services, a company that has become Australias environmental services leader in all facets of waste management Brisbane and resource recovery. Find out about paper recycling as well as e waste today.

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