Weekend Poll: How Green is Your Office?

My workplace has joined the world of multi-stream recyclers. Depending on where you live, you may be familiar with the multi-stream recycling concept. This is an approach in which people separate waste and different types of recyclables at the time they dispose of such items.

IMG_8561[1]Many airports have multiple waste containers adjoined together, but with distinct “streaming” of waste and recyclables of different forms. Here’s a look at some of the multi-streaming that goes on outside the shops at Vancouver’s Granville Island Market.

In my workplace, individuals have long had ready access to recycling bins for paper and cardboard products. While it’s not a dominant practice, the meetings I organise are paperless and participants access agenda materials electronically. There were also limited opportunities for those who wished to compost lunch leftovers, such as banana peels.

This Spring, colleagues have stepped it up a couple of notches. It began with the addition of recyling bins wherever there are sinks. Vivid signage was posted, encouraging users to dispose of paper towels in the newly provided recycling bins. Our cafeterias have also begun collecting compostable materials.

Last month, we made a further step toward waste awareness. We were notified that all garbage cans would be removed from our individual offices and work stations. Now, each suite instead has “quadruplets” of bins that are physically adjoined. The bins are clearly labelled for compost, garbage, mixed containers and paper.

Since employees no longer have compact waste baskets beneath their desks, this may also result in desk jockeys getting up and walking more – even if just a few dozen steps – during a typical day. That has to be good for people who may otherwise be sedentary. The bins are not the most aesthetically attractive sight when you enter an office, but they do speak to our support of multi-stream recycling.

That leads us to the focus of this weekend’s poll:

How environmentally friendly is your office?

Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below, and I’ll publish results next Tuesday. If you run out of space for listing titles, please click on the “Leave a Comment” option at the top of your screen; that will give you plenty of space for your entries.

“Select” whichever responses apply, and remember to CLICK on the golden “VOTE” ICON AFTER EACH QUESTION.

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