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Office - Meeting rooms - Printer Rooms & Others

Waste in the Office happens everyday in the vast majority of companies. Important quantities of paper, cardboard, ink or even cups are used and thrown away everyday.

This waste can be easily dealt with in a sustainable manner.

This part provides companies with solutions as well as suppliers to reduce office waste and better recycle it.

Improve Waste Management & Equipment
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- Adopt a centralized bin system. This includes:

  1. Removing all individual desk bins
  2. Installing a set of bin stations including at minimum 1 general waste bin, 1 recycling bin, and 1 paper bin. The combination of bins depends on the types of waste generated in the office.

More details here.

- Install 1 paper bin next to each printer

- Ensure consistency in the selection of bins and communication tools (same colour, visible name and with a symbol)

- Make sure that the cleaning services and the contractor are aware of the waste management requirements

- For Lobbies and Waiting areas, remove bins and do not let people create discards in those areas. This will save time for the cleaner, save space in those walking area (safety improvement) & make the place look cleaner.

- Conduct Regular Monitoring of your Waste Management: Monitor results, correct wrong practices, set higher targets annually. Ask the help of a professional if need be.

Find out more here.

60%-70%

is an achievable recycling rate if you operate efficient recycling schemes for paper, glass, cardboards, cans and toner cartridges.
(WRAP UK)

40%

of recyclables placed in the blue recycling bins cannot be recycled, being contaminated with food and liquids.
(Eco-Business)

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Zero Waste Consultants
Zero Waste City

Zero Waste City is an engineering consulting business specialised in waste reduction for commercial and industrial facilities. They help businesses to save money by reducing waste and to achieve Zero Waste goals. Their services include:

  • Waste audit
  • Grant funding application
  • Reporting
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Project management
  • Training
  • Guidance towards Zero Waste certification
Bins for segregation of waste
Peter’s Environmental

Peters is a rotomoulding company with full manufacturing facility in Singapore since 1989. They design and supply litter bins, office products, street furniture, trash bags and stretch films. They are not specialised in sustainability but provide a wide range of recycling bins for your waste management.

Bins for segregation of waste
Grande Alliance Corporation Pte Ltd

Grande Alliance Corporation is a plumbing & sanitary ware supplier. They also provide a large range of Bins and Containers, including Compost bins, Recycling bins and Wastepaper baskets.

Office - General Waste - Segregate
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Upstream:

  • conduct a bin inspection to identify opportunities in reducing waste and supporting communication efforts to recycle right. This can be part of a waste audit.
  • recyclable and valuable materials are: cans, plastic and glass.

It is interesting to train staff and start segregating bottles (plastic, aluminum cans...) as Singapore has a beverage bottle buyback system (Deposit Refund Scheme DRS - part of the Packaging EPR) coming live in 2022 and will build a bottle PET recycling plant for it.

Downstream:

  • make sure that the contractor is properly licenced to handle general waste.

3.40 billion

tonnes of global waste is expected annually by 2050. In comparison it is 2.01 billion tonnes per year today.
(The World Bank)

23%

% of global waste generated by ASEAN Region.
(The World Bank)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Learn more about the deposit refund scheme (DRS), which is part of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

For beverage containers, it is coming up in 2022.

Suppliers that provide solutions:
Waste management, WTE plant
Sembwaste

SembWaste is the largest municipal waste collection company in Singapore, serving 5,000 industrial and commercial, government agencies and healthcare establishments daily and over 600,000 households, schools and trade premises.

They provide Collection and Post-collection Treatment for General Waste and Recyclables.

Sembcorp also operates a Waste-To-Energy plant to supply steam for the local industries in Jurong Island, Singapore.

Waste Collection & Recycling, other environmental services
800 Super Waste Management Pte Ltd

Environmental services provider for public and private sectors in Singapore:

  • Waste management (residential, commercial and industrial waste collection & recycling),
  • Horticultural services (landscaping, grass cutting and tree pruning services for residential, commercial and institutional customers),
  • Cleaning & conservancy.

They can customise waste pickup and recycling solutions.

Lobby & Corridors - General Waste - Remove Bins
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Remove bins and do not let people create discards in those areas.

This will save time for the cleaner, save space in those walking area (safety improvement) & make the place look cleaner.

Individuals will be able to discard their rubbish in other areas of the facility.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Paper - Apply the 3Rs principle
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Apply the 3Rs principle:

1- Reduce paper usage:

  • ensure default setting on the printer is for double side printing, black and white
  • implement a pull printing system

See more Best Practices in Paper & Printing in our Green the Office category.

2- Reuse paper:

  • reuse as draft paper
  • put a "draft paper" box near your printer

3- Recycle properly:

Paper is easily recyclable. It can be recycled up to 7 times.

  • install a paper bin next to the printer.
  • use a suitable contractor for the collection and recycling of paper.

75%

of office waste is paper.
(Ademe Report - Sept. 2019)

20% only

of paper is recycled at work vs 41% at home.
(Ademe Report - Sept. 2019)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Paper waste management
Tay Paper Recycling Pte Ltd

This company strives to create a better liveable world through recycling. They offer waste management, recycling (paper specialist) and document shredding + recycling services to clients and workplaces. Waste management and recycling services for public and commercial facilities.

Circular packaging initiative for businesses & the Earth
Package Pals

Package Pals is a circular packaging initiative that collects used packaging from the public, distributing it back to businesses seeking eco-friendly packaging options. They collect and distribute:

  • A4 poly mailers,
  • A4 paper envelopes,
  • A4 clear plastic wrappers, padded envelopes and bubble wrap.

For Greener Office, they can provide secondhand, eco-friendly packaging (poly mailers, paper envelopes, clear plastic wrappers, padded envelopes, bubble wrap) to businesses. They can also help to establish a takeback program with the business's own packaging.

Businesses may donate packaging (poly mailers, paper envelopes, clear plastic wrappers, padded envelopes, bubble wrap) to be reused by other businesses. Please contact Package Pals prior to donating these items.

Paper recycling, waste paper import, pre-consumer waste export
ST Paper Resources Pte Ltd

ST Paper Resources have more than 20 years of experience as a paper recycling, importer of waste paper and exporter of pre-consumer waste. The company operates from its 40,000 sqft office and factory with a computerized automated system, consisting of fully automated two-ram balers with the capability to bale up to 50 tons of recyclable material per hour.

Besides collection, recycling and trading, they provide off-site confidential shredding services and a wide range of compactors and specialist containers - request a free audit for your business needs.

Bathroom - Paper towels - Choose eco-friendly
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Paper Towels are not recycled and have a higher carbon footprint therefore explore solutions to replace with:

  • an electric paper dispenser to reduce the use of paper
  • an electric hand dryer when possible

Choose an energy-efficient hand dryer.

9 to 40 grams

of CO2 is emitted if you use an electric hand dryer, to be compared with 56 grams when using 2 towels.
(Stanford Magazine)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Cardboard - Apply the 3Rs principle
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Apply the 3Rs principle:

1- Reduce:

  • Talk with your suppliers to avoid unnecessary packagings

2- Reuse:

  • Reuse as filler for parcel

3- Recycle:

  • Recycle with relevant waste company

Cardboard is easily recyclable. It can be recycled up to 5 times.

38%

only of paper and cardboard are recycled in Singapore.
(NEA)

46 gallons of oil

saved along with 4000kW of electricity, 9 cubic yards of landfill space, 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water saved by recycling one tonne of cardboard rather than making new cardboard.
(Cardboard Balers)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Paper waste management
Tay Paper Recycling Pte Ltd

This company strives to create a better liveable world through recycling. They offer waste management, recycling (paper specialist) and document shredding + recycling services to clients and workplaces. Waste management and recycling services for public and commercial facilities.

Paper recycling, waste paper import, pre-consumer waste export
ST Paper Resources Pte Ltd

ST Paper Resources have more than 20 years of experience as a paper recycling, importer of waste paper and exporter of pre-consumer waste. The company operates from its 40,000 sqft office and factory with a computerized automated system, consisting of fully automated two-ram balers with the capability to bale up to 50 tons of recyclable material per hour.

Besides collection, recycling and trading, they provide off-site confidential shredding services and a wide range of compactors and specialist containers - request a free audit for your business needs.

Office - Cups - Switch to Reusable Cups or BYO
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Switch to reusable cups. Bring your Own.

0.11kg

Quantity of CO2 produced by the production and transportation of one single cup.
(Ecobarista)

1.2 billion

Number of single use cups Australians dispose of in a year.
(Mobile Skips)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Plantable sustainable stationery & lifestyle brand, Reusable cups
Left-handesign

Left-handesign is Singapore's 1st Plantable sustainable stationery & lifestyle brand playfully designed with light & love. We celebrate collections inspired by simple joys of travel, art, nature, food, impressions as seen in day to day life.

Under left-handesign we design all our ‘Plantable Series’ called BĪJ a Sanskrit word that means Seed. Our range of products includes Pencils, Pens and Notebooks, Gift tags which you can Plant into an herb like tomato, chili, marigold, tulsi (indian basil), spinach, okra, morning glory, mustard seeds.

Left-handesign, founded with a simple mission; put Nature back into peoples' lives. Through our "PLANT A TREE IN YOUR NAME” Program, we plant a tree for EVERY purchase.

Online store of plastic-free & low-impact lifestyle products
Bamboo Straw Girl

Bamboo Straw Girl is an online store of plastic-free & low-impact lifestyle products, from production to point of sale. The founder Melissa Lam aims at engaging eco conversations, starting with a simple straw. With her team, she focuses on waste reduction and on impacting the communities of artisans they work with in South East Asia.

They were the very first "zero-waste lifestyle" store in Singapore.

Online store of eco-friendly lifestyle products
Your Sustainable Store

Your Sustainable Store is a Singapore-based online store created to make a wide range of curated, stylish and affordable sustainable products easily available. They are constantly on the look out for more amazing products to bring to you. They hope that by offering practical yet stylish alternatives, they can inspire more to lead an environmentally aware lifestyle.

Products range from cutlery, cups, to cosmetics and cleaning accessories.

Lobby - Cups (for people waiting) - Adapt according to traffic
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- For high traffic lobbys: consider using compostable cup that can go into a food waste digester (It requires specific bins and good waste management practices. See our General - Management & Infrastructures solutions for more details.

- For medium traffic lobbys: consider using reusable cups and get the staff at the reception to clean them with a dishwasher.

- For low traffic lobbys: consider removing the beverage dispenser.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Sustainable packaging solution
Bfooding

With BFOODING.BIO we provide sustainable and innovative packaging solution to address FMCG and F&B markets. As the trend set leader in Singapore F&B industry, Bfooding awareness is now worldwide.

Bfooding.BIO is part of the SPhere Group European leader in BIO compostable plastics.

Disposable Tableware and Food packaging producer
Packing Green

Packing Green creates disposable tableware and food packaging made from plants. We offer a wide range of sustainable alternatives to traditional plastic disposable tableware. Help reducing the fossil fuel-based plastic use in HORECA and opt for our bio-based packaging collections.

Sustainable Food Packaging producer
Biopak

Biopak's mission is to produce packaging that puts the planet first and their ultimate goal is a waste-free world. They want to offer a very sustainable and innovative packaging and they’re dedicated to reducing any negative impacts their business has on the environment. They are also the first packaging company to become carbon neutral in Australia and New Zealand.

Properly recycle Lighting Elements
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Contract with a specialised supplier to properly recycle or discard lighting items such as bulbs, lamps, fluorescent lamps etc. They are considered e-waste.

As of July 1st 2021, they are managed under the EPR e-waste scheme.

As stated on NEA website: "Fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are different from other types of lamps as they contain trace amounts of mercury within the glass enclosure. Mercury plays a pivotal role in the production of light and cannot be totally eliminated". It is important to properly recycle them.

0.9 million metric tons

of lamp waste is generated every year worldwide.
(The Global E-waste monitor 2020)

11.7% only

of the e-waste documented and collected was properly recycled in Asia.
(The Global E-waste Monitor)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
E-Waste Collection - PRS Operator for E-Waste
Alba

Since July 1st, 2021, NEA appointed Alba as E-waste PRS operator. PRS stands for : Producer Responsiblity Schemes. The ALBA Group, formed in 1968, has been operating such Producer Responsibility Schemes in countries such as Germany and Hong Kong. Please find here more information about this scheme. For all regulated e-waste, with a volume above 1 m3, you can arrange for free collection by Alba E-Waste.

Ink Cartridges - Reuse, Refurbish, Recycle
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Upstream:

Ink cartridges can be reused.

Prefer recyclable or biodegradable material, use plant-based ink, opt for refurbished / remanufactured cartridges.

Dowstream:

Work with a suitable contractor for e-waste. As of July 1st 2021, they are managed under the EPR e-waste scheme.

1 million

cartridges are thrown away each day.
(Cartridge World)

1,000 years

needed for a printer cartridge to fully decompose in a landfill.
(The Recycling factory)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Suppliers that provide solutions:
Office products, whole workplace supplies solutions
Lyreco

The Lyreco Group is the leading European distributor and third largest global distributor of workplace solutions for businesses. The group is present in 25 countries and operates via partnerships in 42 countries. With a turnover of more than 2.2 billion Euros, its results can be attributed to its close partnerships with its customers, outstanding logistics and the ambition that it shares with its 9,000 employees: "Always at your side to make your work life easier". In Asia, Lyreco has been operating in 5 countries for the past 20 years: Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

They provide Green office products such as paper, pens, notebooks, remanufactured ink cartridges & toners etc. that are falling under their own green tree certification (see their green tree logo).

Remanufactured cartridges, printers repair & loan, buy back scheme
Green Cartridge

Since 2008, Green Cartridge has been taking part in the conservation and preservation of the environment through waste reduction and recycling of waste materials, particularly printer cartridges. Green Cartridge allows you to save as much as 60% of your printing cost compared to using OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) cartridges.

Besides remanufactured cartridges, they provide printers repair, printers loan, and a buy back scheme for your empties, even in small quantity.

Remanufactured Cartridges, Ink refill system for Cartridges & Toner
Singink

SingInk provide ink bottles to refill cartridges and toners instead of buying new ones.They cover most of the popular brands.

Buddies - Experience sharing

The « green journey » may feel overwhelming sometimes, but you are not alone.

Our Buddies have tried, succeeded, failed to implement change in their companies. They share their experience so you can learn, take shortcuts, get inspired and ask questions.

Everybody can become a Buddy and give back to the community; if you are keen, get in touch with us.

Alexandre Ung
Finance Director - Edenred Pte Ltd

Experienced Finance Director with more than 10 years of working history in the technology, e-commerce and marketing industries, Alexandre has led the ABW office transformation at Edenred Singapore in 2019.

Alya Annabi
Digital Learning Manager - Timeo-Performance

I am a Digital Learning Manager who has a passion for the sustainability topic and how to live a more sustainable life in Singapore. I love sharing with my colleagues and friends about this topic, hoping to inspire more and more people to have a more conscious lifestyle.

Since last year, I have been learning a lot about how to create my own products in order to detoxify my environment from harsh chemicals. Since then, I have animated some webinars called "Green Yourself" to show to people how to make their own products using what they have in their kitchen.

Andrew Tay
Business Development Director - KGS

I started my career as a mechanical engineer for 5 years and joined TayPaper Recycling in 2018. Tay Paper Recycling has grown from an informal scrap dealer to now a leading paper focused recycling company in Singapore. On top of just recycling, we also offer confidential data disposal services to help clients comply with PDPA, GDPR and recycle at the same time. I am now working at KGS, an e-waste and data sanitization company.

Benoit Barraque
Head of Application Service for Finance, Compliance & IT4IT domains - Credit Agricole CIB

Passionate about travels, Benoit left France in 2011 for Asia, lived in Hong Kong then landed in Singapore 6 years ago, working for Credit Agricole CIB. With 15 years of experience in IT across different sectors and industries, he is now managing a team focusing on IT application support. In 2017, he was one of the founders, and now the leader, of their first green team in Singapore.

Package Pals Trio
Founders – Package Pals

Package Pals is a circular packaging initiative that seeks to extend the life cycle of packaging. We collect used e-commerce packaging from members of the public, distributing it back to businesses seeking eco-friendly, second hand packaging options. There are 7 categories of packaging we collect: poly mailers (<A4),paper envelopes (<A4), plastic wrappers (<A4), bubble wrap, padded envelopes.

Package Pals has worked with multiple large and small businesses, schools, NGOs and governmental organisations since it was started in May 2020. Other than carrying out collection and distribution, we also focus on education and outreach, seeking to educate our 4k-strong audience on packaging waste and other environmental issues, through social media, webinars and other events.

Mary Kon-Sun-Tack
Asia Customer Experience Director, Sustainability Ambassador - Lyreco

In charge of Customer Experience for Lyreco Asia, Mary joined the company in 2018 to accelerate Digital and Marketing activities. In 2020, she was appointed sustainability ambassador as well for the region, as the topic was becoming a strategic one for the company. Thriving to drive the change internally and externally, she launched a Green Team that she is co-leading with her colleague.

Prior to this role, Mary had made her career essentially in the hospitality industry at global and regional role, from trade marketing, sales to Digital marketing. Before moving to Singapore in 2015, she was based in Dubai, UAE and France.

Nadège Claudel
General Manager - BSI (British Standards Institution)

I have been General Manager of BSI Singapore for 2.5 years. Prior to joining BSI, I held different job assignments for the international retailer Carrefour. For them, I oversaw Quality, Food Safety and Sustainability in China and then at the Group level.  

I spent most of my career working in Asia: in Shanghai, Hong Kong and I have been happily settled in Singapore for 8 years now. 

I have a real passion for sustainability and nature conservation and I love to share the knowledge and experience I gained in this field. I am also a volunteer for the Singaporean NGO called Climate Conversation which aims to raise awareness on climate change.

Rémi Cesaro
Founder & Director - Zero Waste City

Founder and Director of the consulting business Zero Waste City, Rémi provides engineering consulting services to large commercial and industrial facilities on waste management, energy efficiency, and packaging design.

He has gained a strong experience as a consultant covering a wide range of industries and technologies in New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore.

He is a certified TRUE Advisor (Total Resource Use Efficiency) by the U.S. Green Building Council Inc. This certification recognised his knowledge in Zero Waste programs and his ability to support businesses to achieve the TRUE Zero Waste certification.