22 October, 2016

How to reduce office waste

If you work in an office you will know how much paper gets wasted. Whether the printer has got stuck or if you printed the wrong document, statistics show that on average 50 sheets of paper are wasted by a single office worker due to incorrect printing.

Offices in the UK produce tons of pollution, it isn’t just bad for the environment, but for your company too. We all need to clean up our act a little as the mess we are causing is contributing to global warming. Photocopiers, old CD’s, computers and old toners can cause serious issues to the environment but if disposed of correctly and the right amount ordered this can also save you money.

An environmentalist company called Envirowise has conducted a study that found approximately 70% of office waste is recyclable but only 7.5 % reaches the recycling facility. 24% of total UK waste is generated in UK offices, 80.6 tons of printing and writing paper enters the waste stream each year. Recycling at least one tonne of paper can save 7,000 gallons of water, at the current state Britain has the lowest recycling rate in Europe only recycling 17.7% of 335 million tonnes of solid waste produced.

Print Wisely

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15 October, 2016

What to do with old office chairs

Everyone comes across a time when they have an old office chair that they don’t know what to do with. Whether it is your home office or your place of work, they get replaced and shoved to storage, where they sit for months gathering dust. This is not just a waste of storage space but it’s a waste of opportunities.

There are a few things that you can do with old office chairs that may help you finally get rid of the excess clutter. Here are some of the options you have:

Recycle/waste disposal of office chairs

The best way to get rid of your unwanted chairs is to recycle them, you may be thinking that it would be a long process but it is extremely simple. There are many companies out there as well as local councils that are offering services to come and collect items such as chairs so that they can recycle them on your behalf, the council are getting strict with leaving your unwanted old furniture in your front garden and fly-tipping will get you a hefty fine. As well as it helping the environment this will make you feel good and secure the future of the younger generations to come.

Donate it to charity

Donating your belongings to charity is a selfless act, people go ahead and donate the likes of clothing, shoes and furniture. Charities such as the British heart foundation and cancer research collect furniture such as chairs so that they can sell it on for a profit, which will be put into research and medicine. Giving old office chairs to schools or community centres will increase your morality and your standing in society and what better way of getting rid of the chairs that are taking up space in your house and feeling good about it.

Sell it

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6 October, 2016

Recycling your old mattress

When you buy a new mattress how likely is it that you have thought about recycling your old one? In the past did you just take your old one to the rubbish dump? What about mattress recycling, have you thought about that?

When it comes to recycling your old mattress, we don’t really think about how they contain recyclable material. The foam, cotton and metal springs that make up most of the mattresses are all recyclable.

The process for recycling your old mattress depends on what the material is constructed with but most recycling facilities follow a similar process:

  • Separating types of mattress by material type
  • The by-products and materials extracted from the mattresses, such as polyester, foam, cotton and steel are then bundled and passed on to other recycling outlets or manufacturers to re-start their future as another product
  • The steel from sprung bedding might be melted down for use into a great many other products.
  • Depending on the type of material, mattresses are then either mechanically shredded or manually stripped using specialist tools.

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