Reusing Items in the Workplace
longer need those table tents, monitors or boxes? Consider making them
available to other businesses. Chances are, your supplies can be put to
good use elsewhere.
Check out our
Do I Take My? database to find out how to exchange used items. You can
sell, donate, and buy used items on the following Web sites:
Additional Tips to Give Your Materials a Second
- Reuse or recycle materials in your production process.
- Set up an area for employees to exchange used items.
- Encourage employees to re-label and reuse file folders.
- Open mail carefully and reuse incoming envelopes for mail or
- Use the back sides of printed sheets for notepads and drafts
(full size or cut smaller). As you print drafts, feed used printer
(ie, printed on one side only) back into the printer and print on
the clean side. (A good idea is to designate a "draft drawer" of
used paper.) Used paper can also be used in fax machines.
- Reuse packaging (e.g. bubble wrap, cardboard boxes, Styrofoam
blocks) or find someone who can. The Plastic Loose Fill Council will direct
you to businesses accepting polystyrene peanuts for reuse in your
area. Call 800-828-2214.
- Use newspaper and shredded office paper for packaging/shipping
- Require chemical suppliers to take back empty buckets or drums.
- Use a mulching mower and leave grass clippings on the lawn
(grasscycling). Send trimmings to the
Waste and Recovery Center Yard Debris Site or
sign up for yard waste
service through your local garbage/recycling hauler.
- Set up a system for your customers to return packaging for
- Return, reuse, and repair wooden pallets and spools.
- Send used toner cartridges back to the manufacturer for
recycling or refilling. Most office supply stores now accept used
toner cartridges for recycling, regardless of where the cartridge
- Use a laundry service that transports dirty and clean linen in
- If your business is a retail establishment, consider offering an
incentive to customers for returning and reusing items like shopping
bags, drink cups and containers.
Call Loni Hanka at (360) 867-2282 or e-mail