50+ Ways to Green Your Workday

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You already reduce, reuse and recycle your way to a low-waste home. But it can be easy to let your green habits fall by the wayside when you’re out of the house. To help you take your eco-consciousness with you to the office, Earth911 raided our archives and compiled this list of more than 50 tips to green your workday. Give a few a try this week to start a low-waste revolution in your workplace.

 

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1. Nine ways to start an office recycling program

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The average U.S. office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year, adding up to 4 million tons of copy paper annually for all workers combined, according to the EPA.



But not all offices recycle, meaning that valuable recyclables like paper, cans and bottles end up in the landfill instead of being made into new products.



If you’re an ardent recycler at home, there’s nothing worse than watching your co-workers toss paper and soda cans into the trash because your office doesn’t have a recycling program. But don’t get discouraged; Earth911 is here to help!



We assembled a step-by-step guide to help you set up an office recycling program that can both conserve the planet’s resources and save your organization money.



Use these nine tips from our guide to help you get a program going in your workplace.

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