Achieving a ‘zero waste office’ is not yet possible, although much can be done to improve the situation in new offices, a leading eco website has claimed.
Jonathan Bardeline, assistant editor at Greenbiz.com, assessed what firms can do to reduce waste to a minimum.
"Zero waste in the purest sense just isn’t possible yet, but by utilising what is available, an office can get pretty close," he said.
He recommended that first an office should conduct an audit of what it is using and throwing out and implement the mantra, "reduce, reuse, recycle".
Commercial property could also be used to harness the natural power of the sun, wind or earth depending on the control a company has on its building.
Some businesses purchase carbon offsets, although Mr Bardeline explained there were other initiatives to consider first.
He said companies should concentrate "on reducing energy use, cutting emissions related to employee commuting and other factors you have direct control over".
Many architects now include reusable and sustainable building materials in their designs.