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End Of Lease Cleaning

By | Cleaning

When vacating your rented premises, you’re required to return the property in “broom-clean” condition. At the beginning of your lease, the landlord charged you a fixed amount of bond money. To get 100% of it back, you need to clean the house as per the real estate standards, or as per the landlord’s checklist. This is called end of lease cleaning or vacate cleaning.

What is the difference between lease cleaning and regular cleaning?

Regular cleaning is what most people do on a daily or weekly basis to maintain a good level of hygiene around the house. End of lease cleaning, on the other hand, covers areas that aren’t traditionally cleaned regularly. You’ll finally have to face the monstrous dust clouds and any cobwebs, thoroughly clean each room, wash all the blinds, remove scale from the bathroom and kitchen tiles, make sure all the windows and doors sparkle, etc. The list is long and specific. The bottom line is that you’re expected to restore the premises to the condition it was when you moved in. This is often a tall order for most tenants but if you intend to get your deposit money back, the cleaning has to get done.

Planning is critical. Waiting until the last minute to clean the premises is a recipe for disaster. A month before you vacate, you should go through the lease agreement to establish exactly what’s expected of you regarding end of lease cleaning. Different landlords have different expectations and this is normally stated in the lease agreement. Once you know what’s expected, you can begin by thoroughly cleaning the house room by room so that when you’re almost ready to move out, you’re left with very little to clean. Planning ahead also gives you ample time to consult with cleaning professionals.

Why hire a professional cleaning company?

With hectic lifestyles and busy schedules, end of lease cleaning can be stressful. Moving out involves packing all your belongings, and this in itself is usually all-consuming. Coupled with the stress and the time it will take to clean properly, it makes more sense to hire cleaning professionals who will automatically lift a huge chunk of weight off your shoulders. For an end of tenancy cleaning, you need more than just cleaning supplies – you may need modern machinery like polishers and burnishes, floor sanders, carpet cleaners, scrubbers and so on. Professional cleaners use high-quality products and have advanced equipment that you probably don’t have access to.

With their experience, latest methods and modern cleaning tools and machines, professional cleaning contractors have the technical knowledge about how to clean different items and areas properly. With flawless cleaning, you’re more likely to get your full deposit back than you would if you did the cleaning yourself.

If your lease has come to an end, you don’t have to be caught up by the daunting work and added stress of end of lease cleaning. Leave the task to a professional Winnipeg cleaning company. This will leave you ample time to take care of the other urgent matters that demand your attention. 

The 2022 Guide To Choosing A Janitorial Company

By | Business, Cleaning

Cleanliness plays a pivotal role in many industries, so diligence in choosing a janitorial company is essential. A tidy and organized business environment creates a lively and healthy ambiance. The maintenance of a germ and dust-free office is critical for the well-being of staff and clients.


Hiring cleaning services from a janitorial company is easy but you should consider several factors when choosing a janitorial firm. Here are a few relevant tips that will guide you in determining which janitorial company will be ideal for your business:


Insured & Bonded

A good janitorial company should have valid general liability insurance and janitorial bonding. General liability insurance protects the business, its staff, and its clients from claims that could result from damages to the property.


Janitorial bonding offers protection to the customers in cases where the company’s employees have damaged belongings. Bonding is vital for janitorial enterprises since the majority of cleaning services are performed after office hours. With insurance and a bond, both the cleaning company and your company will be protected in case something happens.


Professional Employees

Ask how the company vets its employees. Make sure that the management and the cleaners are professional to work with. Of course, you’ll only want to work with the best, and then you can expect excellent results.


Hire a janitorial company that has testimonials about their incredible customer service, particularly that of the account manager and the cleaners. They should be accommodating and friendly so that harmonious communication gets established. It is essential that the cleaners are dedicated to their jobs, or you won’t be able to expect a fast and efficient cleaning service.


Transparent Pricing

Budget is one of the relevant factors that any business considers when choosing a janitorial company. As a wise business owner, you want to get the best deals and value of your trust, time, and money. Here are the common questions that you can raise while shopping for the best janitorial company in your area:

  • Are we charged per cleaning session or per month?
  • Are the cleaning supplies and equipment included in the billing?
  • Are there hidden charges and unexpected fees?
  • Do I pay by cash, cheque, or credit card?
  • What are the terms and conditions?
  • Do I get discounts if I buy a certain amount of cleaning sessions?


Health & Safety

With the rise of cases of coronavirus and the flu, you want to ensure that your cleaning company takes your concerns seriously. They should prioritize the health and safety not just of their workers but of the staff you employ in your office. Look for a company that knows and understands how to effectively clean hot spots to minimize the transmission of germs and bacteria across your workspace. 


Part of adhering to safety standards is letting others know when and where the cleaning is taking place. For example, they should put up wet floor signs when they are busy mopping. If it could pose a risk to your staff or customers, there should be a notice to prevent any physical harm from occurring.


Clear Communication

How easy is it to get your questions answered when you contact your cleaning services provider? You should know exactly how to get in touch with them during business hours. Every aspect of your communication should be clear and to the point. 


Just as you want transparent pricing for your services, you should also be very clear about what exactly is covered for that price. Make sure the janitorial service knows exactly what your needs and goals are and that they should communicate with you should something change. They need to have all the necessary contact information for you or another person in charge of the facilities, just in case any questions arise. 


Look For Well-Trained Workers

Unfortunately, there are no real qualifications for someone to be hired as a cleaner. Much of the task work is learned on the job, but you will still want to search for well-trained workers who have some experience. What type of in-house training do cleaners receive before they are allowed to clean companies on their own? 


This ties back into the health and safety aspect of your cleaning. You want a professional janitorial service that values education for its employees. Ask about what standards the company upholds for their workers and what you can reasonably expect them to adhere to. This is important because a janitorial service that uses improper cleaning tools or techniques can cause damage. 


Ask About Technology

You want to keep your office space or retail location as clean as possible. It can be a challenge for your janitorial team to do so if they are stuck using old or outdated equipment. Consider asking about what technology they use and any innovations that have come up in the cleaning industry. This should give you some insight as to whether they have invested in the equipment necessary to do a thorough cleaning of your workspace. 


The right technology is not only easier on the janitorial staff, but it is also far more effective at cleaning your area quickly. Overall, the right technology and innovation within the industry can be a win-win situation for everyone involved. If you notice that your cleaners are using very old equipment, it might be a sign that you need to switch your service provider. 


Companies Looking For Cleaning Services

Offices and commercial businesses are the familiar clients of cleaning services. Hotels, gyms, and schools are only a few of the many industries that patronize the services of janitorial companies.  The cleaning services for these companies require teams of expert cleaners and the most advanced tools and equipment.


As these industries are required to maintain cleanliness at all times for the pleasant experience and health of their customers, the cleaning companies should perform their jobs with utmost professionalism and accuracy.

With all these questions in mind contact Anago of Manitoba and click here to let us answer them for you.

Effective Ways to Remove Pet Stains From Your Surfaces

By | Cleaning, Housekeeping

One look in those adorable furry friend’s eyes is enough to melt your heart. And another look at the mess on your upholstery or carpet is enough to sink it. We all love our pets but not the stains and odours they sometimes cause. Your pet may tread on your lovely carpet after a walk in the mud while at other times they may expel a fur ball. Pet messes not only smell awful but they are also a perfect hub for bacteria to set up shop and become a health hazard. These are some effective ways to remove all evidence of your pet’s mishaps from various surfaces in your home:

Carpeted Areas and Upholstery

If you’re lucky to catch the mess as soon as it happens, you will have a chance to deal with the stains and odours before they become too stubborn. If it’s urine, use a thick layer of paper towels to soak up as much as possible. Keep doing this until the area is barely damp. You can also soak up the moisture with a wet/dry vacuum. If it’s poop, remove the solid using a dull knife or spatula.

With carpets and upholstery, you can’t use running water to remove pet stains and odour because doing so will cause moisture to soak into them and result in the growth of mould. Put a mixture of cool water and white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle and saturate the stain as you rub the area with a soft bristle brush. Then blot the solution using paper towels and allow the area to air-dry. Using a cleaning solution may remove the stain but the smell may still linger. To completely get rid of the odour, purchase a pet odour neutralizer from a pet supply store. Alternatively, you can use a natural odour neutralizer like baking soda.

Hardwood Surfaces

If your pet messes and stains your hardwood surfaces, hydrogen peroxide does a great job clearing up stains and odours. Pour some over the stain and cover the surface with a cloth. Allow this to sit for at least eight hours before removing the cloth and wiping the surface. The only downside of using hydrogen peroxide is that it can lighten the affected area. You could also use vinegar for less stubborn stains, then wipe the surface with lavender oil to eliminate odour.

Whether it’s a young pet in training or just an overly excited pet that may have less control, part of being a pet owner involves dealing with occasional pet accidents. Pet illnesses and aging can also cause your pets to mess on your home surfaces. Whatever the reasons, pet odours can be overpowering and the stains quite annoying.

The easiest way to get rid of the mess is to catch it as soon as it happens. But if you’re dealing with old stains and ongoing odours too stubborn to budge, you should use professional cleaning services in Winnipeg. Leave it to our experts who are specialized in dealing with stubborn stains. They know what’s best to use, when, where and how.

5 Things You Forget To Clean At Your Workplace

By | Cleaning

Workplace cleanliness is important for more reasons than just sanitary purposes. A study found that clutter and overstimulation have a detrimental effect on one’s attention and efficiency. Because cleanliness reduces clutter, the brain can concentrate on the task at hand. Still on productivity, hiring a professional cleaning service keeps bacteria at bay, meaning that diseases caused by unsanitary conditions are minimized which cuts down on sick days among your employees. While most office managers understand the essence of maintaining cleanliness, several places easily get overlooked:

1.     Computer Screen, Keyboard, & Mouse

When is the last time you cleaned these computer parts? In truth, most offices barely remember to clean computer parts. Yet, a research conducted by the University of Arizona found that computer parts, particularly the ones mentioned here, contain three to four times more germs than the average office toilet seat. Contributory reasons include poor personal hygiene practices like failure to wash hands and also people eating lunch at their desks.

2.     Door Knobs

Doorknobs are one of the most highly contacted surfaces at the workplace yet also one of the most neglected when it comes to regular cleaning.  In reality, doorknobs hold lots of bacteria and viruses that can survive for weeks. As every single person at the office touches the knobs when entering and exiting the office, bacteria will spread from one person to the other pretty quickly. Bacteria aside, doorknob surfaces will also hold onto oils from people’s hands. Over time, the oils will attract more germs and foreign particles.

3.     Coffee Machine

A nice cup of coffee for your employees is a perfect way to increase bonding in the office or better still, fight off sluggishness. While the coffee machine is a great investment to have at workplaces, if it doesn’t get a regular, thorough cleaning, it’s likely going to cause sickness among workers. The coffee maker’s water reservoir and piping system make a great environment for bacteria and moulds. If there’s obvious slimy stuff in the coffee maker, something is growing in there and you need to stop it!

4.     Plants

Studies show that flowers and plants increase employees’ productivity by 50 percent. Going back to science, flowers, and plants through the process of photosynthesis, absorb the carbon dioxide in the air and release oxygen thereby purifying the air. Breathing in purified air results in increased happiness, mood boosts, and concentration. Plants, though, can accumulate a lot of dust and require regular cleaning, otherwise, you’ll end up dealing with allergies and respiratory problems instead of enjoying all the perks of having some nature in the office.

5.     Fans

Fans play a crucial role in improving circulation at the workplace. But when in operation, it’s hard to see the amount of dust accumulation on each blade so it’s no wonder they get forgotten in normal office cleaning. The problem with a dirty fan is that instead of circulating clean air, the fan will be circulating dirty and dust mite filled air. The impact of polluted air is increased allergies and respiratory illnesses among the employees.

Germs are present in every corner of our lives. At Anago Cleaning Systems, we try to keep them at bay by tackling sneaky spots where they like to hide. For more information on how to make your office sparkle through and through, give us a call at (204) 594-4666.

Cleaning for Child Care Centres

By | Cleaning

There’s one thing kids share unbiasedly, and that’s germs. Children are more prone to spreading germs and catching diseases because, at a young age, they are exposed to unhygienic behaviors like poor hand-to-mouth habits, mouthing objects, and undeveloped personal hygiene habits like failing to wash their hands properly after visiting the toilet. This is what makes cleaning a childcare centre different from any other cleaning. To reduce susceptibility to illness, childcare centres must maintain top-notch cleanliness.

A Three-Pronged Approach

Cleaning a childcare centre goes beyond merely clearing dust off surfaces. Remember, as aforementioned, kids, unlike adults haven’t developed their hygienic habits, so one aim of cleaning is to ensure that everything in their surroundings is germ-free. Professional cleaning will, therefore, involve basic cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing. Let me explain:

Cleaning is the mechanical/physical removal of accumulated grease, dirt and debris from surfaces. But this is just basic cleaning which means that some germs (these are invisible to the eyes) are still left on the surface. Cleaning may be suitable for many low-risk areas in the childcare centre like the walls, but high-risk surfaces like the toys, toilets and nappy change areas need to be sanitized or disinfected soon after cleaning and rinsing the area.

Sanitizing is using a chemical to inactivate or reduce germs to a level unlikely to cause the spread of disease. Disinfecting, on the other hand, requires stronger chemicals that virtually kill all the germs. In essence, sanitizing reduces and minimizes germs but does not kill the growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi – it’s disinfecting that does that. Food contact surfaces, dishes, and toys that children put into their mouth should be sanitized after cleaning. Surfaces such as toilets and diaper areas that don’t come into contact with the mouth should be disinfected. It’s also worth noting that the only sanitizers and disinfectants used in childcare settings should be only those permitted by law.

Specific Areas of Cleaning

To maintain high standards of cleanliness, childcare centres should follow a thorough cleaning routine every day. Tiles and vinyl floors should be vacuumed and swept daily. At least once every week, they should be wet-mopped using detergent and warm water. Toddler dining areas should be mopped daily and carpeted areas vacuumed daily. In infant and toddler areas, the carpeted areas should be steam-cleaned at least quarterly. The rest of the carpeted areas can be wet or steam cleaned twice annually.

The bathroom surface is one of the most sensitive areas in a childcare centre. All bathroom surfaces like wash basins, tap handles, toilet flush handles/buttons, toilet seats, etc. should be washed at least once daily or more often if visibly soiled. Toilets should be cleaned and disinfected after each use and the floors should be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day.

Any fabrics like towels, linens and pillows need to be washed and sanitized before being allocated to a specific child. Children centres should adopt a procedure for cleaning fabrics to prevent the spread of germs and staph infections.

This article is just a peek into the intense cleaning that goes on in a childcare centre –  there’s even more that goes on! That’s why Anago will work with you to create a cleaning plan custom-tailored to meet your centre’s needs. Keep in mind, detailed processes must be followed when cleaning childcare centres.

Carpet and Upholstery Care

By | Cleaning

Carpet and upholstery are an integral part of any home; they bring a sense of warmth and improve the ambiance in a space. To extend their years of service, high-quality janitorial services are requisite for their cleanliness and maintenance. To keep your carpets and upholstery fabrics in great shape, you need to know when a thorough cleaning is due.  How can you tell?

Bad odor

You know that your carpet and upholstery need attention if they are smelly. Owing to their superior ability to absorb almost anything, carpets and upholstery tend to absorb spills that end up causing a bad odor over time. Dust particles will also make their way past the top layer of the carpet to hide underneath. Damp carpets and upholstery, if left untreated, will likely encourage the growth of harmful mold and fungus. This can prove detrimental to your health especially if you’re asthmatic or have other respiratory issues. Having a cleaning company come in once every few months can save you and your family a whole myriad of health problems.

Frequent Allergy Attacks

As aforementioned, dust mites, bacteria, mold, and other allergens find it conducive to multiply in carpets and upholstery. While vacuuming is great for eliminating any dirt and loose particles, it is not enough to clean and reach deeply into the carpet and upholstery fibers. With time these germs and impurities accumulate and end up triggering allergies and respiratory issues. You may notice that you cough and sneeze a lot when anywhere near your carpets. Your eyes may turn red and get teary owing to irritation from the microscopic mold particles in the air. Professional carpet cleaning services help you access relief by eliminating such allergens.

Your Carpet and Upholstery Appear Dull and Dirty

It may not be visible to the naked eye but dust particles, pet dander, and human hair that accumulate onto the surfaces of your carpets, rugs, sofas and other fabrics all have the power to degrade and thus reduce the appearance of your home. Have you ever noticed how clean and vibrant your carpets and upholstery look when you just had them professionally cleaned? This is because cleaning professionals have special machinery, experience, and skills to remove stains and dirt, turning your dull fabrics into dirt-free bright ones.

How often you should ask for professional janitorial services in Winnipeg? There are a few factors that may demand you get cleaning services frequently. For example, if you own a pet, you have toddlers or have a relatively high number of people in your household, you will require cleaning services more frequently, say once every month. Although it might seem much cheaper to clean your carpets and upholstery yourself, there are many downsides to consider. Different fabrics require specialized care and if you lack the skills and knowledge, you may end up damaging your costly fabrics. Instead of going through the hassle, inviting a professional cleaning company to do it for you saves you both time and money in the long run. 

Clean Environments and Mental Health

By | Cleaning

The world is on a rollercoaster on cleanliness; we can see how organized, charming and perfectly presented our office spaces are becoming today. This has transitioned our culture to the need for a more appealing environment in our homes too. As such, janitorial services are becoming more of a necessity as opposed to ‘leisure budget’ cost.

Being organized and clean goes beyond outward appearance and in essence, has a profound impact on mental health. Cluttered spaces make easy distractions which impair the brain’s ability to process information. That’s why most people report feeling unsettled when in a dirty room full of clutter. Yet processing information quickly is one of the factors that boost productivity.

It’s important for professionals to have a positive attitude at work, and if mental well-being is critical for this to happen, then bringing on board professional cleaning services to make your office more appealing is a priority. However, being well organized is challenging and it’s only made easier by creating an organizational culture that centers on cleanliness as part of your work habits. Besides, good organization warrants every file is in its place and you can easily track every unfinished business without feeling too anxious about what you left undone. In a nutshell, you can give a good progress report at the end of any business day without spending too much on that process.

Now, keeping things clean is not just relevant for your home or workplace but is also instrumental for your mental wellness. A study done on the psychology of the home showed that people who thought their homes to be teemed with ‘unfinished business’ or ‘cluttered’ felt more fatigued and depressed when they got home. In comparison to individuals who thought their homes were ‘restorative’ and ‘restful’, this cohort showed higher levels of mental well-being and happiness. These findings bring clarity to the discussion of why mental well-being is critical in productivity for any professional. Also, it was noted that if individuals engaged in habitual cleaning, they felt more optimistic – even after a series of failures; tidying up was also observed as a sign of confidence and self-esteem for these individuals.

Why does it seem so hard to get or stay organized if being clean is as important as it seems? When you get to the office, your focus is solely on the task ahead and not necessarily how clean the office is. As such, most professionals sort of ‘lack’ the time to clean, and the truth is, making your office well organized could take quite some time. That on its own is determined by how much size of clutter you’ve accumulated, which echoes discouragement even before you get started.

So, when we grow into a space that isn’t ritually cleaned or organized, the human routine of changing that environment to become clean and organized requires prioritizing those two as a task in the office. In return, people who work in the same office not only fix their bad habits but also generally improve their mental well-being. Therefore, it is critical to have a reestablishment of what you’ll consider a clean and productive environment if you are to make strides towards improving your organizational culture in that sense. For all your office cleaning needs, contact us at (204) 594-4666 and let us bring back that sparkle at your work environment.

Office Floor Maintenance for Small Business Owners

By | Cleaning, Office Cleaning

When a visitor first enters your business place, what’s their perception? Often, small business owners overlook the value of floor maintenance, yet the floors, just like the walls of your office reflect on your business brand. When a visitor walks into your office, they’ll at an instance take notice of your floor (even if for a brief second). A crisp clean flooring builds a sense of trust with your guests increasing their chances of doing business with you; dirty floors do the opposite. Aside from enhanced appearance, professional commercial cleaning and floor maintenance is also mandatory for smooth operations. Keep in mind, office floors endure constant traffic hence collect more dust and dirt. Here’s is how you maintain your office floors for positive branding.

It starts with regular cleaning

Cleaning the office floor regularly may seem obvious but it’s a mandatory office floor maintenance practice most business owners love to ignore. We’ve already mentioned that clean floors enhance your office space appearance, but even more, when it comes to floors, safety takes precedence. Cleanliness and safety are intertwined in this way: When you skip cleaning the floor, tiny particles of dust accumulate on the floor over time. As people walk around the office, the particles are swept around like sandpaper; they slowly erode the floor’s friction needed for proper footing. The result is a hazardous flooring that poses a risk to anyone who enters your facility. Making floors less hazardous therefore calls for regular cleaning.

Creating office maintenance culture in the office

Whether it’s an open space office setup or small cubicles, dragging furniture on the floor causes ugly scratches and indentations. Your employees need to understand the essence of great office maintenance practices. And since great company cultures rarely form on their own, engrain this culture by having some discussions on how maintaining the office impacts on business performance as a whole. If your office furniture demands constant movement, use sliders. These are special pads made of either rubber or plastic, that fit underneath furniture legs. Sliders enable furniture to glide across the floor without scratching it.

Installing a heavy-duty office mat

It’s at the entrance that most dirt finds its way into the office. Placing a doormat at every entrance point in your business premises is a simple solution that prevents the amount of soil, dirt, and moisture from getting into the office. You can place heavy-duty mats in the main entrances and regular ones inside the building in places such as near the steps and elevator shaft. Mats not only reduce the amount of dirt getting into the office but also make workplaces cozier. You can always play around with colors to add a sense of style into your office. And better still, non-skid mats prevent falls and injuries in case of spills.  Still on mats, to create transitional surfaces that shield floors from everyday activities, invest in office chair mats. Office chair mats are made from durable plastic and other than protecting the floor from wreak, they also provide easy chair maneuver and ergonomic support. Of course, the office mats need also regular cleaning too otherwise they won’t be of much help in the floor maintenance efforts. 

As a small business owner, you already have a lot on your plate. Hiring a commercial cleaning company to take care of your all your office cleaning needs will help you stay focused on the core duties of your business.  

Cleaning For Childcare Facilities

By | Cleaning

Kids are messy. You could pin it on their lack of coordination, absentmindedness, or general lack of ability to understand that if they don’t clean up, someone else will have to – no matter what the reason, the mess remains. When you’re a part of a childcare facility, be it an elementary school or a daycare, you don’t want to focus on how messy your space is; you want to focus on helping our children grow into productive, responsible members of society who clean up after their own messes. Anago has janitorial services Winnipeg childcare facilities can trust; what special steps can you expect from us?

Kids are small, agile, and creative; that means the messes they make can get into really unexpected places. When we clean your space, we’ll be incredibly thorough, checking under desks, in small nooks and crannies, supply closets, and anywhere else the kids could have snuck into to make messes. We’re thorough in our cleaning process because we don’t want unexpected sights or smells to derail your day.

Immune systems are one of the more interesting challenges for cleaning services looking to work in childcare facilities. The immune systems of children aren’t as developed as those in adults, so it’s important to use cleaning products that won’t trigger health problems in kids. One way that we do this is by cleaning with green products that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs); this lowers the chance of an adverse respiratory response in vulnerable children. We can also use HEPA filter vacuums in order to remove dust, pollen, and dander from the air, helping those with allergies and asthma breathe easier.

The weaker immune systems of children also mean antibacterial cleaning agents are a must. There is a bit of a tradeoff, though; as strange as it sounds, we do want our kids to come in contact with some germs. We recommend using antibacterial products to clean surfaces, but it may not be in your best interest to use antibacterial soaps in your facility; these can create antibiotic resistant bacteria, and might leave kids with too weak an immune system. It’s a good idea to speak with healthcare professionals about how you want your facility cleaned, and what hygienic products you want to use. No matter what the specifications or recommendations, we can customize our solution to fit you.

That last sentence applies to every element of our services; this post is about childcare facilities, an intentionally vague term. Whether you’re a school, a day care, a community center, or any other spot that takes care of groups of children, we can help you. We can stop by and clean every day, once a week, once a month; whatever you need. No place is too big or too small for us to clean. We want to help you provide the best, cleanest, most rewarding experiences for children. We trust you to care for and nurture them; trust us to care for the space you’re in, so you can focus on what’s important.

Office Recycling Tips

By | Cleaning, Office Cleaning

Here, the professional office cleaning services of Anago Cleaning Systems offers the top tips to reduce your business waste:

Concentrate on Paper Consumption

The majority of office waste comprises of paper. The greatest impact action you can take to decrease your waste includes reducing consumption of paper. The two primary actions you may take to decrease paper include setting up all printers on double-side. This simplistic action might cut your paper consumption in half.

Step two is more technical and requires capital investment in order to setup yet is worth exploring if you hire over 50 staff. It’s referred to as “FollowMe printing’ or ‘pull printing’ and essentially relies upon a user who activates a print job at a printer.

The reason it works well is that more than 30 percent of print jobs sent to a printer aren’t ever collected. This method may decrease printing volumes by a minimum of 30 percent. If that sounds like an option, speak with your printer supplier who will have the ability to give you more information.

Reuse or Reduce

Strategies for paper reduction offer an excellent chance to decrease waste yet there also are other areas in which it’s possible to reuse or reduce resources. Take some time to browse other articles in your waste stream and explore methods of reducing consumption or reusing materials.

Slowly Expand Your System of Recycling

Once you’ve exhausted your reduction and reusing options it’s then time to consider your recycling options. The best systems for recycling begin small and build on sound foundations over a period of time to become exemplary.

Always begin with card and paper recycling as it usually is the highest volume and most visible waste product inside the office. Over a period of time try and expand your recycling system to additional waste materials – plastics, glass, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, CDs, toners, furniture, food waste, IT equipment etc.

Buy Good Labelling and Bins

All of us know that offices utilize a ton of recyclable materials yet not all workplaces have designated spaces to recycle. As you present a new recycling option to your office be certain that the selection is well communicated to team members and that the recycling space is highly visible.

We suggest sourcing bins which are highly visible, look good, and are affordable. Separate waste bins for every recycling option is important because it ensures that waste streams don’t become contaminated and may be easily recycled. Use color-coded bins that are prominently displayed inside the office.

It’s helpful to include a photo of what may be disposed inside the bin and a punchy, short label that offers practical guidelines for staff members.

Remove Personal Bins

As there is a strong recycling system in place it’s important to remove as many general waste units – especially personal bins underneath each employee’s desk. The key includes having a small quantity of general waste bins that are centrally located, as well as a much greater ratio of recycling bins obtainable around the workplace.