Resolve to Make Your Workplace Greener in 2018

Did you know that any “green” changes you make in your workplace not only help the planet, but can improve your company’s efficiency?

The New Year is always a time for evaluating the past and looking towards the future. So this year, why not consider these five ways to make your workplace more eco-friendly in 2018:

Improve Waste Diversion

Pretty much every business could do more to reduce and divert its waste output. But you won’t know until you take a good look at what you’re currently discarding.

 

One way is to engage your staff in an interactive waste audit. This gets everyone involved in identifying what’s in the trash and what can be diverted away from landfills. (New York City and other communities actually impose fines on companies that fail to properly recycle.)

A waste audit helps you to measure the different types of waste generated at your business. The results will help you to figure out how much waste your creating and how effective your current recycling (or composting) programs are. It will also help identify opportunities for reducing the amount of waste you send to the landfill, and potentially save the company some money.

For a free downloadable guide on how to conduct a waste audit, Click Here.

Reduce Operational Costs

This is a highly underrated goal. Reducing your operating costs is like free money. Even if some changes cost a few dollars to implement, the payback can be substantial.

For instance, utility costs are typically thousands of dollars a month for large businesses. You can cut these costs significantly by changing out light fixtures to energy-efficient rated fixtures with LED light bulbs. LED bulbs can last around 20 years, use less energy to work, and provide a purer source of light.

Also, try making demand-driven decisions at your facility. Many companies are now choosing to run more slowly, in order to save energy without sacrificing customer service or output. Using real-time data provides the accurate visibility you need to accomplish this.

Time for a (Tax) Break

There are plenty of tax credits that businesses can take whenever they make efforts to improve their local environment. For instance, credits can be taken for:

  • Using solar energy,  fuel cells, wind turbines or geothermal systems
  • Reducing emissions
  • Utilizing high-efficiency interior lighting, HVAC or hot water systems
  • Investing in green building standards (if you’re building new or leasing a new space)

Here’s how a California frozen food warehouse is using 100,000 square feet of solar panels:


A quick search of “tax breaks for businesses going green” will provide a myriad of ideas on how to get a break on your business tax bill by going green.

It’s All in the Packaging

There are a variety of ways you can reduce order packaging waste. Work with your vendors to eliminate inbound freight packaging by sending their items as shelf-ready as possible. Also, set guidelines at the packing stations to limit the amount of waste sent with each order. For breakable items that require some extra packaging, use biodegradable (or edible) packing peanuts in lieu of plastic or Styrofoam products.

 

Switch to Electric

If you haven’t done it already, now’s the time to switch to electric forklifts. Not only do they eliminate the harmful tailpipe emissions produced by gas forklifts, but they’ll save you money in the long run.

In fact, by electrically powering a 5,000-pound-capacity forklift, used six hours a day, five days a week, you’d save about $26,000 in propane over a five-year period.

In addition, electric forklifts typically have tighter turning radius, which can increase storage capacity and reduce product damage. And electric trucks produce less noise during operation. Which amounts to a better, safer work environment for your workers.


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Green Tourism

Manufacturing Transformation

NYC Department of Sanitation

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