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Office Compositing Program at Softchoice

In October 2010, Softchoice started its first composting program in the Toronto office. This idea was something that was talked about for quite some time but was never initiated due to some specific challenges that the Green Team had to face.

For a lot of people, the first things that come to mind when you think of office composting are odor and insects – definitely not something wanted in the office, especially an office of 500+ employees!

After speaking to our waste management vendor, we learned ways that these problems can be completely avoided and keep reluctant co-workers happy. [Read more…]

5 Steps to Starting Your Own Office Composting Program

Starting a composting program at your office can be challenging, but if you follow these simple guidelines you can set yourself up for a successful program.

  1. Find a stainless steel bucket you can keep on your office’s kitchen countertop. Stainless steel is easy to clean and wont absorb color or odor from foods.
  2. Post signage up to let everyone know what can and can’t go inside the container.
  3. Arrange to have your container emptied on a daily basis into a large bintote and store it somewhere dark and dry. A Janitorial or storage closet works well as a storage space.
  4. Find out when your city recycling and composting pickups are scheduled – if you are in an office building check with your landlord as your garbage pickups could be from a private contractor. Find out the costs associated with arranging weekly pickups.
  5. Schedule your compost pickups at least once per week, keep your bins clean by using a biodegradable liner or requesting your bin gets exchanged for a clean one every week.

To maintain a successful composting program remind your fellow employees what a positive impact they are having on the environment and that by composting they are reducing their carbon footprint.

Have you tried composting in your office? How did it work?