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Top environmental and money saving tips for office managers and receptionists

16/01/2011

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They maybe simple, but they’re worth reinforcing. Here are Eurowise’s top 10 tips for helping to reduce your carbon footprint.

  1. Reduce paper waste by ensuring fax machines are set up so that they do not produce unwanted headers or report sheets, and use scrap paper. When printing, use the print preview function and make sure all printers that are able to, are set to print double-sided.
  2. Return your toner cartridges for remanufacture.
  3. Turn off PCs and monitors when not in use. The monitor uses twice as much energy as the PC.
  4. Use an electronic booking system to minimise paper use where possible.
  5. Turn off unnecessary lights overnight.
  6. Choose minimally packaged products or ask your suppliers to supply products in less packaging.
  7. Provide separate bins to segregate your waste and recycle.
  8. Ensure that cleaning staff are in support of the recycling scheme and that emptying the recycling bins is part of their contracted work.
  9. Close the loop and buy materials with recycled content.
  10. Make monitoring your performance a regular agenda item and keep all staff involved.
 

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