Knowing office waste facts and statistics can help us identify where we can reduce environmental costs AND line item costs on our office budgets!
Office Waste Facts and Statistics By The Numbers
The US population discards 1 BILLION 600 MILLION pens each year. It is possible to “recycle” these by saving them to donate to your local church, school or charity, instead of chucking them in the trash.
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Each year, computers in the business sector waste $1 billion worth of unnecessary electricity. Shutting down your CPU and monitor each night can mean reduction in electricity costs. Consider adding a USB or breaker bar plug that will allow you to turn all of them off with one switch.
In 2008, more than half (54.6 %) of the waste generated in Europe by businesses could be attributed to industrial activities (manufacturing, mining and quarrying). This one is hard because there is so little we can do as a consumer or a company. This is why it is so vital to make sure the rest of the items get our attention!
38 million plastic bottles go to the dump per year in America from bottled water (not including soda). It is SO easy to get a stainless steel drink cup and fill it with water if you want something to drink. Additionally, consider using china coffee cups instead of styrofoam for extra credit!
photo by Klearchos Kapoutsis
The average office worker in the US uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. That’s four million tons of copy paper used annually. Office workers in the US generate approximately two pounds of paper and paperboard products every day. Obviously the dream of a paperless office is not yet a reality. Make sure you HAVE to have a hard copy of something before you just automatically print it out!
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