Cleaning The Company Break Room - Five Tips To Help Reduce Waste

Managing an office is typically a controlled environment until it comes to the break room. During a single day, people can shift in and out of the room, creating messes, increasing waste, and causing garbage problems for your office. When working with a commercial trash removal company, you can help the situation by scheduling both recycling and trash pick-up. There are five other ways to help reduce waste, improve your recycling, and ensure that the break room runs smoothly every week.

Employee Incentives

One way to help reduce waste in the break room is by encouraging employees with incentives to recycle and keep the break room clean. To do this, you can assign one employee as the volunteer of the week. For this employee, it's their task to sort out recycling and waste so that the break room is properly cleaned. As an incentive for cleaning, the employee can receive a few extended lunch breaks during the week. Once a flow is built, it's easy to follow a rotating schedule and have all the recycling ready for trash removal companies.

Can & Bottle Collections

One of the more common recycling needs for a break room is properly getting rid of cans and bottles. For cans and bottles to be properly recycled, they need to be rinsed out and clear. If a residue is left behind, all the recycling could become contaminated. By placing the recycling bin near a sink, you can make it easy for employees to properly recycle.

Another way to help improve can and bottle collections is with a can crusher. The automated crusher can condense cans and make it easy to recycle. When the cans are crushed, they automatically drop into a bag or bin. Then you can easily get rid of the recycling when a trash removal company arrives.

Container Bins

Instead of bringing disposable items or paper bags to work, you can encourage less waste by offering a variety of container bins. A lot of restaurants feature take-out bins that can easily be cleaned and reused. Starting a collection of these bins will help encourage their use. You can also purchase collection bins and start an exchange system.

Much like the employee incentives, a person can volunteer to clean dirty bins. When a person is done with their lunch, they can leave the dirty container and take a clean one for their next meal. Then the employee volunteer can clean the containers at work and put them in a bin for reuse.

Snack Calendars

Snacks and foods that come from vending machines or grocery stores are other big sources of waste. Plastic bags and packaging from these items can all add up to a lot of waste. Encourage less waste by setting up snack calendars for the office. By using this calendar, you can reduce waste and also help encourage healthy eating.

For a snack calendar, one or two employees can put together a shared snack that is used during the week. You can either assign employees on a rotating basis or ask for volunteers. Encourage healthy alternatives to pre-packaged food. Examples include fresh cut vegetables or fruit. A single container of the snack can provide nice treats for employees through the week and create a lot less waste than individual snacks. Provide a list of easy-to-make snacks that help reduce waste and limit the use of a vending machine or other snack purchases.

Pick-Up Schedules

Keep the break room clean by strategically setting your pick-up schedule for your commercial trash removal service. When setting the schedule for the end of the week, you can help get the most of a week's worth of recycling and garbage.

If your break room has a lot of waste, then you can even schedule multiple pick-up days for the company. This will help remove items and make the break room run as efficiently as possible. You can also separate both recycling and trash days. For example, you can have recycling pick-up on a Friday and garbage pick-up on a Wednesday. This will help you stay organized and keep the recycling separate from the trash.

Once the break room is cleaned and organized, you can expand your recycling efforts to other parts of the office. In the end, it will feel good to reduce waste and keep the office running with the environment in mind. 


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