As you run a business, you accumulate massive amounts of waste in storage rooms and basements. You should not blindly throw everything into a trash can. There are several environmentally friendly ways that you can get rid of your waste.
Hold a garage sale to sell most of your business’s old belongings. If you cannot host a sale in front of the actual business itself, try selling the furniture, electronics, stationery and other items online. Encourage your other coworkers to participate and use the money for an important investment like the rental or purchase of a bigger office.
Build a Compost
You don’t have to throw away all of your waste. Build a compost for biodegradable waste products like food, plants or sewage. The compost is used as a soil conditioner or fertilizer. If your business has a landscape, add compost to promote good soil and plant health.
Recycle the waste that you no longer plan on using. Any office item can be recycled, whether it’s paper, appliances or furniture. Many businesses already use recycling bins next to their trash cans. If you’re cleaning out the entire office, consider getting a dumpster rental. The daily or weekly cost seems high, but you’ll save having to waste a lot of trash bags and make countless trips to a nearby dumpster. But before you throw anything in the trash, make the best use of your recycling bin first.
If you can’t resell or recycle an item, reuse it. You may not want it hanging around the office any more than necessary but know that it still has some value. Many people enjoy creating arts and crafts projects out of old junk that they don’t want anymore.
Think of something new that your business needs. Some people can turn old tables into new shelves or chairs for the sitting room. Other people turn coffee mugs into pen and pencil holders. Others may use old stoves as storage bins. Consider every piece of waste that you have and think of a new, unique use for it.
Recycling makes everyone feel more useful and economical. Make every effort to be a responsible business owner by recycling, reusing and reselling unwanted stuff. If you have an overload of junk, you can always rent a dumpster or recycling bin to assist in your waste disposal. Always continue to find sensible ways to take care of your business’s needs.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.