Environmental Education

Going Green at the Office

So you recycle at home but what about work? With so much time spent in the office, there are plenty of opportunities to go green! Florida’s goal is to reach a 75% recycling rate by 2020, and with 18 counties already at a 50% or higher rate, we are well on our way! Getting more businesses involved with this goal is an easy way for us to achieve it! 29 Florida businesses have already been recognized for their green efforts. Recycling is an important way we can help to keep Florida beautiful! Reducing pollution and waste in landfills, conserving resources, and saving energy and water all help to provide a better world for us to live in. Contact your local recycling rep to find out how your business can start reducing waste and recycle!

Check out these simple and effective tips to make your office green!

Recycle, recycle, recycle!

Get blue bins from your local recycling center and start recycling paper, boxes, light bulbs, and glass. Ink cartridges and old electronics can be recycled too! Ink cartradridges can also be reused! Recycle batteries, or even better, buy rechargeable batteries. Find out where the closest recycling centers are to your business to start recycling today!

Reuse it!

Reuse folders, boxes, and paper. Use coffee mugs, rather than disposable cups. Get a water bottle, and start reusing it. Cutting back on the amount of waste your office produces not only helps the environment but can save you money!

Save Energy!

Saving power is an easy way to go green at the office! Put your computer on energy saving mode and make sure to shut it all the way off at night, not just “standby” or “sleep” which still uses power. Unplug printers, scanners, and other electronics that aren’t frequently used. Turn off lights when spaces aren’t occupied.

Getting managerial support and a lot of office involvement can make your green program both fun and effective! These simple little changes can make a huge different in the amount of waste your office produces! Going green in the office is a great way to do your part in keeping Florida beautiful!

To find out more on the how-to’s for recycling visit keepfloridabeautiful.org

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