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Waste Prevention in the Office
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Industry Profile

New York City is the national center or major hub for numerous business sectors, including finance, media, publishing, fashion, theater, insurance, international banking, and consulting services.

The City possesses more than 380 million square feet of office space, and according to the New York State Department of Labor leaving NYCWasteLess, more than 1.4 million New Yorkers work in office-based businesses, such as information, finance, insurance, real estate, law, advertising, and accounting. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers provide administrative or managerial functions in all levels of government and in the manufacturing, hospitality, retail, and healthcare industries.

Not surprisingly, paper makes up the largest portion of the waste stream, 72 percent, of office-based industries. The term “paper” refers to white and mixed office paper, newspaper, and cardboard. Here is a breakdown of the waste generated in a typical office:

 

TYPICAL OFFICE WASTE STREAM*

Type of waste
Mixed paper
Newspaper
Office paper (white)
Cardboard
Food scraps
Plastics
Other garbage
Glass
Metal cans

Percentage
37%
13%
12%
10%
10%
6%
5%
4%
3%

 

*Office Waste Reduction Briefing Paper, WasteCap Wisconsin leaving NYCWasteLess

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Waste prevention tips for the office

Take a look at the waste prevention topics below to see how your office can reduce waste and save money:

batteries
buy recycled
environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP)
leasing
lighting
paper
surplus inventory
waste management & recycling

ALSO SEE:
measurement tools

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