Waste Not, Want Not
In business, as well as at home, the carrot of smaller energy bills and the stick of legislation are constant reminders to cut down on waste and become more energy efficient. But realistically, how far can businesses go in responding to the challenge?
For all the ‘greentalk’, it is important to be realistic when deciding what is actually possible. PIR lighting, advanced air conditioning systems with heat recycling capabilities and energy monitoring solutions, whilst ideal for larger enterprises, may not be viable for small businesses. However, there are a few simple measures that everyone can do – such as switching off computers every evening and turning out lights when rooms are unoccupied.
In addition, all companies can make a real difference by recycling. This doesn’t just mean in relation to production and process waste – but can also include such things as office equipment and furniture.
Here at CBS we saw an opportunity to help charities find much needed equipment by recycling unwanted office furniture. With the help of Connect Reading, we have worked with our clients to help charities in need of equipment. We have supplied items such as office desks, seating and storage cabinets, thereby giving the furniture a new lease of life and the charities a helping hand.
With financial support for charities under threat in the current climate, it is more important than ever for businesses to do what they can to help local causes. Donating unwanted office furniture is a relatively simple, low cost option and also helps to meet regional waste reduction targets. Engaging with the community in this way has positive business benefits, raising your profile and widening your network of business connections.
If you know of a charity or community project that would benefit from donated office furniture, please let us know. Or if you have recycling initiatives of your own that help local good causes, do tell us about it. Your experience will inspire others.