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.

Fall More In Love With Canada As It Turns 150

Canada's 150th BirthdayWhen you think of Canada, you think of the cold, Olympic winning hockey teams and Tim Hortons.

Little do you know, there is so much more than that in the beautiful country many are lucky to call home.

Canada was founded on July 1, 1867, and was made part of the British colony. From there Canada has grown as a country and become the home to over 35 million people.

Here are 10 Facts About Canada, the Hockey loving, Tim Hortons drinking country.

  1. Roughly 30% of Canada’s land is covered by trees.
  2. The Maple Leaf flag did not become the official flag of Canada until February 15, 1965 almost 100 years after becoming a country.
  3. In Banff National Park (located in Alberta), there are wildlife bridges over highways for the wildlife to cross the road by.
  4. Montréal is the largest French speaking city in the world, outside of France.
  5. Canada produces 77% of the world’s Maple Syrup.
  6. Foods that Canada consider to be theirs include Peamael bacon, poutine, maple syrup and Timbits.
  7. Canada holds two Olympic records: 1. The most gold medals won by a country in a winter Olympics and 2. The most gold medals won by a host country in a winter Olympics.
  8. The Royal Canadian Mint created a coin that has a face value of $1 Million, the coin is made of 99.99% gold and weighs 220lbs.
  9. Canadians eat 55% more Kraft Dinner than Americans do.
  10. Each year Canada has the Polar Bear Dip, an event where thousands of people across the country run in to freezing lake water during the winter months.

Canada is the home to many great places, people, athletes, entertainers, animals, and beautiful sights to see.

This year, to celebrate Canada turning 150, the government is granting free access to all of Canada’s National Parks. You can order your 2017 Discover Pass here.

There are 47 National Parks located across all of Canada. With 47 parks there is no shortage of discovery for 2017. Make the most of this year and stay active!

Take the time to explore all of the beauty that this wonderful country has to offer and experience the greatness of Canada.

How to Prepare for a Business Trip

Business trips can induce stress in the calmest among us. First, there’s the getting there; travel by plane, train or car can take its toll and leave us exhausted. Then, we adapt to being in a new place, or settle in somewhere familiar. Finally, we have to perform the job we were sent there to do.

Businessman working with laptop while travelling.

The logistics can be taxing, so preparedness is key. Take much of the guess work out of your next business trip with this guide.

How to Prepare for a Business Trip

  1. Sleep essentials. On a long-haul commute, sleep is the difference between arriving refreshed or burnt out. Invest in a neck pillow, an eye mask and earplugs.
  2. Smart luggage. Avoid clunky baggage and, if possible, checked luggage altogether. Who needs a lost suitcase before a big meeting? Travel with a lightweight carry-on for shorter trips to make your commute hassle-free.
  3. Away messages. To avoid any confusion with colleagues and clients, set your voicemail and email away messages before leaving. For urgent matters, always provide an alternate contact in your message.
  4. Will your health insurance cover you in another province or country? Ask your provider or human resources what coverage you’ll need while away.
  5. Portable phone and tablet chargers. Stay connected to your business and home life by keeping fully charged on all your devices, no matter where you are.
  6. Foreign essentials. If you’re visiting another country, research which currency, adapters, phone plans and visas you might need. Nobody likes surprises after a long flight.

Heading to a new country on your next trip? Check out Inc’s complete list of Foreign Business Travel essentials.