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Workers said to be greener at home

A survey of recycling efforts by UK workers suggests they leave their domestic habits at home.

The study of 1,000 people for the office company Avery, which promotes Green Office Week, lists the top 10 bad practices, see below.

The company said four or 10 of those surveyed admitted not using the company recycling bin. This is compared to eight out of ten who manage to separate recyclable goods from non-recyclables when at home.

Eight out of ten said they were disappointed at their own company’s green initiatives, while around 40% said they had been in an awkward situation with a manager simply for trying to implement green practices at work.

Avery says Green Office Week aims to empower individuals across the UK to change their business practices for the better, helping them to find greener ways of working.

Non-green things at work

  • Chucking away paper rather than recycling it
  • Not having a recycling bin
  • Throwing away food packaging
  • Throwing away cans and cartons
  • Not printing double-sided
  • Leaving equipment on standby
  • Using non-environmentally-friendly products
  • Leaving lights on in unoccupied offices
  • Leaving the heating on and opening windows
  • Not reusing envelopes or jiffy bags

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