Delivering on company goals, competing in your industry, and growing the bottom line are critical to the success of any business. Profit/loss statements and business plans rarely include sustainable business practices, such as recycling and paperless initiatives. Many don’t believe they make the company more competitive.
However, times are changing. More and more organizations are discovering office sustainability and green business practices are more efficient and provide a competitive advantage.
There are opportunities now to not only increase office sustainability, but also profitability and productivity. There’s one idea that your company can implement today that will kickstart your office sustainability program and deliver a competitive advantage.
The Benefits of Office Sustainability and Going Green
Many companies haven’t capitalized on the benefits of office sustainability and going green. There are tremendous and measurable benefits that can make a positive impact on office productivity and efficiency.
A recent study cited in Forbes magazine found employees in green offices benefited from a 26 percent boost in cognition. Green offices reported 30 percent fewer work absences. Another study in the same article found office workers were more productive in an office focused on sustainability and green practices. These employees made fewer mistakes and used information better, which leads to higher performance.
Companies that recognize the benefits of office sustainability to lower costs and increase productivity are better positioned to compete in the increasingly complex and competitive market. The next time you see a trash can filled with empty ink and toner cartridges that won’t be recycled, consider the opportunity you may be wasting.
Printer Cartridge Recycling Programs
According to recent studies, more than 350 million ink cartridges end up in landfills every year. We are wasting more than 1 million ink and toner cartridges every day for no reason. It’s contributing to the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic destroying the environment and slowly making its way to our oceans. Toner cartridge recycling can significantly reduce the plastic waste in landfills and the oceans and deliver benefits to your company.
Toner Cartridge Recycling and Your Office
Ink and toner cartridges are designed for recycling. Remanufactured toner cartridges provide similar quality and yield as a new toner cartridge at a fraction of the cost. Recycling programs also keep plastic out of the ecosystem, but there are other benefits as well. Recycled toner cartridges reduce the need for new cartridges. Using recycled toner cartridges significantly lowers your company’s reliance on plastic products and the greenhouse gases that accompany manufacturing new cartridges.
Your office benefits from not only a cleaner environment, but also cost savings. According to experts, remanufactured toner cartridges deliver the same print quality and page yield as a new cartridge for 30 percent to 70 percent lower cost. When you make recycling and office sustainability a priority, employees think twice before wasting paper or starting worthless print jobs. Over time, that money is added directly to the bottom line.
Getting Started with Recycled Toner Cartridges
The first step in toner cartridge recycling is to find a local partner company who will reuse and recycle toner cartridges. Zeno Office Solutions will work with you to keep your used toner cartridges out of the landfills. Get in touch with our team to learn more about the sustainable solutions we’re able to offer.
Next, set up a program in the office. Create guidelines and post them where people hang out. Keep the guidelines simple and focus on the benefits. Also, take opportunities to connect the program with the day-to-day work in the office. Try to mention the program in meetings and emails so everyone is ready when it begins.
Then purchase or locate bins for toner cartridge recycling. Place a bin close to your office printers for recycling and collecting cartridges. Make sure the bin for recycled toner cartridges is conveniently located throughout the office, so employees are more likely to recycle than throw them in the trash.
Once you have the program in place and stay consistent with the guidelines and messaging, employees will discover printer cartridge recycling is second nature. As new employees join the team, they’ll quickly learn how to recycle. The lower cost for toner and ink will help save the company money, and the goodwill and company pride from recycling will increase employee morale and productivity.
Want to learn more about ways you can drastically reduce your printing costs? Contact Zeno Office Solutions for a Managed Print Services (MPS) Assessment to see how much you could save.