Saturday, November 23, 2013

Modern solutions to office waste

Today, the Junkpile is pleased to present a guest post from Bywaters, one of the UK’s leading recycling and resource management companies.

Modern solutions to office waste

Offices, regardless of the business or company behind them, tend to produce a fair amount of waste. This is to be expected, after all the very nature of productivity demands it, but dealing with it can be difficult.

Office waste has been a problem since as far back as 2008 when it was estimated to cost UK businesses a staggering £15 billion a year. Thankfully there are many ways to deal with such waste and with increased awareness of the environment and the effects discarding old materials can have on the world around us, every office should be aiming to dispose of their waste responsibly.


The majority of office waste takes the form of paper and plastic and these can all be dealt with very easily. A professional answer, such as Bywaters recycling bins, offers a perfect example.

These bins are simple to use, keeping recyclable materials separated for easy processing. Recycling is a far more responsible solution to waste disposal than land-fill or other options, ensuring that we don’t produce unnecessary waste.

According to the 2008 article in The Guardian, Britain used to lag behind the rest of Europe when it came to recycling – boasting a rate of just 17.7% for the 335 million tonnes of waste it produces. Hopefully this situation has improved since then and businesses can all do their part to bring our attitudes up to standard.


In partnership with recycling, you should also take proactive measures to reduce the amount of waste your produce. Part of this can involve cutting down on paper usage by limiting the number of emails printed or going paper-free where possible.

Choosing the right materials can also prove beneficial. For example, paper and plastic are two very easily recycled materials so it would be best to deal with these wherever possible. Purchasing recycled goods can also play an important part in limiting your waste contributions.

Additional benefits

Aside from the green benefits of these approaches, you should consider how else you can benefit. Taking active measures to tackle company waste head-on can boost morale and act as a positive influence on your staff and their working environment.

Secondly, the implications it has on the company image can be high. Being green is of big importance in the modern world and many customers and clients come to expect it from those they deal with. If you fall short of their expectations then you may find your business is left behind.