Proper Waste Disposal at the Office


Properly Disposing of Waste at Office

If your workplace is like ours, you go through a lot of waste. That means, between lunches, office supplies and old electronics, you’re sending a lot of garbage to already over-burdened landfills.

Meanwhile, at home, many of us have made changes. We’re becoming waste-conscious, recycling and composting, even adopting zero- and low-waste lifestyles.

How can that translate to the office? Through more conscious day-to-day choices, you can easily reduce your office’s environmental impact. Here’s a guide to get you there.

Old electronics

Have any ancient PCs collecting dust at your office? Don’t throw them in the dumpster! Already, 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste ends up in Canadian landfills every year. These items contain valuable materials that can be re-used to create new products. But they can be tricky to dispose of.

Luckily, there are businesses out there to help you bridge the gap. These differ across provinces and territories. For example, in Ontario, Best Buy accepts things like old computers, TVs, phones and batteries. You can also opt for a service through the Electronic Products Recycling Association, like Recycle my Electronics.

Toner and ink

Here, many local suppliers have you covered. Check to see if you can return your cartridges where you buy them.

Paper and Cardboard

Cardboard and paper can be recycled four-to-five times without loss of quality or strength. Still, it’s important to recycle each of them properly.

Cardboard is naturally biodegradable so, if you have your own compost at the office, this can be shredded and tossed in. Otherwise, for non-soiled cardboard, recycling is your best bet. Break down boxes and large pieces, and tie them together into a tight bundle when you leave them at the curb.

The recycling bin is your best destination for most paper. Even sticky notes, which you may have wondered about, are usually recyclable. Local recycling plants are able to remove the adhesive. But, stop before you throw away that soiled napkin! Keep reading for tips on proper disposal of food waste.

Food waste

Most paper in the office will be bound for the recycling bin, but soiled paper is a different story. Greasy paper plates and used napkins can be composted along with most food items.

What does Earth Day mean to you?


Earth Day Canada is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016. Most of us usually take the day to turn off or reduce all of our electronics and energy consumption appliances in order to reduce energy consumption. But Earth Day is much more than a one-day, week or month event of the year.

What does Earth Day mean to you?

Earth Day is intended to shift our consumption habits to become more sustainable all year round. From electricity usage to proper waste and recycling disposal. If you’re a regular reader of our blog you will recall our Earth Day statistics infographic covering some eye-opening environmental facts. While we are moving towards more sustainable practices there is more each of us can do, both as individuals and organizations.

That is exactly what Earth Day means to us…

A Reminder

To always be mindful of our waste, pollution and excessive energy consumption.

Drive to work every day? Try carpooling or taking public transit once or twice a week.

Use a lot of electronics? Plug them into energy-saving power outlets to conserve electricity when they’re idle.

Do you recycle? According to the infographic mentioned above, only 25% of paper was recycled in Canada in 2014. Make sure that all of your recyclable items are sorted properly. Batteries, paper, electronics, etc.

A Starting Point

While certain actions towards reducing our carbon footprint are straight forward, others require more knowledge or resources. How to recycle old computers and cell phones? Difference between incandescent, fluorescent and LED light bulbs?

Fortunately Earth Day Canada has developed a great web domain full of content suited for all walks of life: employees, kids, organizations and green conscientious individuals.

Earth Day Canada logoIt takes effort to become eco-friendly all year round, but the effort is well worth it.

A Global Effort

Earth Day is recognized by over 190 countries world-wide. It illustrates the importance we need to place on preserving our planet. Whether we reside in a fully developed economy or a newly emerging one, steps can be taken to ensure a more ecological approach to an ever increasing global population.

Global Earth Day

Working together has never been of more importance and the sooner each individual or organization makes a positive change, the sooner our collective efforts will start to yield positive results.


That is what Earth Day means to us, what does it mean for you?

How to Stay Green at the Office: Earth Day Checklist [PDF]


Can you believe it is already Earth Day? Seems as if not too long ago we put together our Earth Day infographic covering Canadian green facts. We all try to be a little extra green this time of the year; but keeping track of everything you’ve done (or missed) can be tricky.

This is exactly why we put together a PDF checklist (you can check items off digitally  directly in the PDF if you prefer not to print) full of ways to be green. Whether you’re looking to find new tips to decrease your environmental footprint or want to track your progress as you try to reach your green office goals, the list below can help:

Earth Day PDF Checklist