Reducing waste at work - Business D.I.Y

Step 3. Train employees and motivate them to participate.

Now that you’ve got your program planned out, it’s time to make sure your employees are on board and understand your recycling system.

Teach employees how to recycle properly. Solid Waste staff are happy to come to your organization and give free presentations on waste prevention and recycling.

Form a green team. Many organizations have found it helpful to form a workplace green team to help guide waste reduction and other sustainability initiatives.

Tips for forming a green team.

Start a Get Caught Green Handed! program to motivate employees. Recognize employees for taking sustainable actions, like writing a meeting agenda on a whiteboard instead of distributing printed copies. Learn more or download graphics and start a program!

Teach staff to edit documents electronically. Software makes it convenient and easy to edit and comment on draft documents without having to print them out. The video tutorials below will show you how to use a few of these:

Tools and resources




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