How to Reduce Plastic Waste in your Workplace

How to Reduce Plastic Waste in your Workplace
18 Jan, 2022
  1. Identify the Plastic Waste

The first step to eliminating plastic waste in your workplace is to identify what types of plastic waste are being produced. Do a full audit and look at every stage of the process from packaging, production line plastics, materials used to make storage units or machines, and any packaging materials for finished goods.

  1. Education

Educate employees on ways they can reduce their use of plastics in their role by encouraging them to recycle old packing materials if possible, suggesting that they get rid of anything not needed or superfluous, and discuss how they can save money over time by minimizing waste. For example, get rid of unnecessary multiples such as spare buttons where one will do so there is less going into landfill unnecessarily, etc… If you have a manufacturing process consider whether you could be using fewer plastics.

  1. Recycling

Recycle as much plastic waste as possible. Some plastics can be recycled such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The recycling symbol on a product will tell you what types of plastics it is made from and how best to dispose of them.

  1. Eliminate Unnecessary Packaging

You can make a first step towards eliminating unnecessary plastic packaging by considering whether you could replace all those plastic bottles with purification or filtration units for example on machines, canteens, etc… Reduce your plastic use by using more refillable products such as coffee cups which are generally used once then thrown away. Find out if they have a recycling scheme for coffee cups in your area.

  1. Use Recycled Plastics

Using recycled plastics is a great way to reduce the burden on the environment as well as save money and create more jobs. There are now a number of companies that manufacture products from recycled plastic bags, helping to clean up our planet but also create jobs which is good for employment prospects too!

  1. Reuse Plastic Bags

Do you have an option of reusing carrier bags? If so use them again for shopping or small items they can be used again and again especially if they are strong enough otherwise it might be worth investing in some more durable alternatives such as fabric reusable bags which will last a long time and not require frequent replacement where a plastic bag would.

  1. Reuse Plastic Bottles

Reusing empty plastic bottles is a great way to cut down on waste, particularly when you have your own water cooler in the office so you don’t need to buy bottled water. Identify if there is a scheme in place that will recycle your empty plastic bottles or whether you can take them back for recycling yourself when they are full again. If not consider investing in a water filter that removes impurities from tap water and gives you pure drinking water without all the associated costs of buying bottled water over time.

  1. Recycle Your Own Waste

As well as encouraging others in your workplace to reduce their plastics use, make sure that everyone is aware of what types of plastics can be recycled and where. This will encourage them to recycle their own plastic waste rather than assuming it has to go into the bin with general refuse.

  1. Use Less Plastic

There are many ways in which you can use less plastic starting with strategizing how materials are used, looking at alternatives, or using refillable products for example instead of disposable ones. For example, get rid of anything not needed where a plastic product would suffice such as tea bags rather than individual single-use teabags that have unnecessary packaging just for one bag then need to be thrown away after use – clearly there’s quite a lot of wastage here if only one teabag is being used at a time! If you’re on an important project why not consider whether there are any ways of using less plastic?

Every little step helps to reduce plastic waste, so be an example by making your workplace more sustainable where you’re concerned! Once you have reduced your own plastics use, encourage others to do the same and together you can make a difference…