Workplace Diversion

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Below are some common items that are wasted at the workplace. There are plenty more we just don’t have listed. If you have others and tips of diversions, feel free to share with us. Apply as many tips as you would like to your lifestyle.

Tracking: Below are some suggested ways to track your discard diversion. How you track your discard diversion is mostly up to you. If you want to just generally look at your trash can after waste diversion and estimate how full it is, that works too. For example, after waste diversion practices, my trash can was half full compared to a normal week without diversion practices. Same could be applied to your recycling bin.

Recyclable Items That get Landfilled

Tip: If you have a trash bin at your place of work, try to get a recycling container next to it, or better yet, put a cardboard divider in the current trash bin and proceed with sorting discards. Many recyclable materials like paper and packaging get landfilled because of convenience. Most desk discards are paper and should be recycled.

Tracking: Note the volume of the new recycling bin and record how often you take the bin to the main recycling bin of your workplace.

Lunch disposables

Tip: Avoid buying take out. When packing a lunch, try to use reusable containers and silverware instead of plastic disposables.

Tacking: Record how many times you pack a lunch with reusables.


Tip: Take the opportunity to go paperless whenever possible. When paper is needed and it can’t be electronic try to do double-sided prints.

Tracking: Estimate how many pieces of paper you diverted from landfill by implementing these diversion tips.


Tip: Bring your leftover food scraps home with you and compost.

Tracking: Record how often you take your food scraps home with you and estimate the amount of that food.


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