Now more than ever before, reducing your businesses carbon footprint and minimising your environmental impact is paramount. It’s so much more than being ethically conscious, ensuring you are environmentally aware also is at the foundation of any Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy. The easiest way to make sure you are staying CSR compliant is by hiring a contracted cleaning service that will seamlessly tend to your environmental needs, taking care of things you would never usually think of.
Surprisingly, in this era of virtualisation and the cloud, offices across the country still produce vast amounts of paper waste. Whether it’s tearing out the pages of a worn notebook, or a quick dump of all those misprints, waste paper accumulates in the office and is more often than not just thrown away in the nearest bin – out of sight out of mind.
Fortunately, unlike the planets newest nemesis, plastic, paper is easily recycled. Ensure your waste paper gets repurposed by placing recycling bins at convenient places around the office, and making waste desk bins less accessible! If staff have to go to designated spots to dispose of their rubbish, they’re more likely to make the extra effort to recycle! An added bonus is that staff will reduce their screen time and be a little more active! It’s a no-brainer!
On average, an office of 100 people produces 20 bags of waste a week. This staggering figure is made ever so slightly less appalling by the fact that more than 90% of office waste can be recycled. Aside from paper, the main sources of office waste are packaging (particularly plastic and glass), food and IT equipment. To ensure these materials don’t end up stagnating in landfill for the foreseeable future, you need to make sure your office is supplied with the means to dispose of them safely.
Recycling food rubbish correctly is easy once provided with a designated food waste bin, and not only will you be more CSR compliant, but you will reduce the risk of pest infestation and its associated impact on health and safety. As with paper, glass and plastic recycling points made accessible around the office will encourage people to actually use them. Above all else, however, check that your contract cleaner or facilities management company holds the relevant licenses and are able to appropriately organise the correct disposable of recyclable materials. Focus Cleaning staff are well versed in the ins and outs of recycling your waste materials, which removes some of the pressure in offices adjusting to increasingly stringent recycling schemes.
Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products
It goes without saying that cleaning is a very chemical heavy business. As society is becoming more environmentally aware, we are producing safer and less impactful alternatives to particularly corrosive or toxic cleaning products. Talk to your contract manager about the chemicals used in your regular cleans and whether there is any room for improvement. Focus Cleaning has a good understanding of what constitutes a safe, yet thorough, clean and our additional services can contribute to improving businesses’ environmental policies as we all work together for a better future.
A Contracted Cleaning Service in Manchester
No matter the size or nature of your business, you have a social responsibility to protect our earth. Whilst your cleaning practices may seem like small fish in a big sea, every little helps in our battle against climate change. If you think there is room for improvement in your offices cleaning schedule, either talk to your facilities management provider or get in touch with us here at Focus Cleaning to discuss how we can make you more CSR compliant and provide you with a more sustainable running of your day-to-day business.