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The City of Portland, Oregon

Sustainability at Work

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Trim your waste, no gym required

It's the new year, and time to get your workplace in shape! Set some waste-trimming goals for 2017:

1. Cut down on paper towel use

Cut down on paper towels

Many workplace trash cans are filled with paper towels, especially in the restroom and break room. Paper towels can’t be recycled or composted, and even if they could, using less would still be best for the environment and for cost savings.

Replacing paper towels with high-efficiency hand dryers is another great option. Learn why and how to make the switch.

2. Drop those disposables

Ditch disposables

Disposable coffee cups, take-out boxes and plastic cutlery are like junk food — they’re quick and easy, but not great for you (or the environment).

Thankfully, there are a lot of things you can do to avoid disposable items. Use re-usable water bottles and coffee mugs, and take as little to-go packaging as possible when eating out.

At work, you can do even more:

3. Lose the water weight

Bottled water vs tap water

Does your workplace provide bottled water or use a water delivery service? Switch to tap water and you’ll be doing the environment, and your bottom line, a favor.

Don’t like the taste of your tap water? Installing a filter on your tap is a good alternative to having water trucked in.

We’re here to help your workplace keep its New Year’s resolutions!

Contact us to make a plan, troubleshoot challenges or share your success.