Any home or office has the issue of the removal of waste. Most municipalities pick up trash from a business for a reasonable fee, so it is often not regarded as much of an expense. However, like many heads of ailing businesses will tell you, waste removal fees are capable of draining your pockets rapidly.
Another cost of waste removal is found within the workplace itself. Often times, someone must be paid to fulfill the duty of collecting trash from various bins near desks or in common areas. As with any employment position, the lowest cost to the company is to simply eliminate the position completely.
With this in mind, I recently came up with a simple solution: remove the need for waste removal. Most offices can achieve this with great ease, as all that is needed to store waste is a closet, or even a corner of a room. The pungent odour from degrading food is easily circulated in the ambient air, and vented outdoors when people pass in and out of the building. The bacteria and germs which inevitably linger in the air will serve to strengthen employees’ immune systems, which will reduce the number of health insurance claims.
Studies have shown that employees work their best when they are near or at least in view of a window. A well laid-out office will have desks and meeting areas near windows. The storage of waste in corners or common areas where no work is done encourages employees to open the windows near their desks, and remain there until the end of the work day. This is easily the single biggest benefit of storing waste material inside the office.
Finally, storing waste in the building prevents clients, collection agents, fire inspectors, and most importantly, landlords from entering. This can significantly reduce the number of incidents where clients arrive in person to ask tough questions about deliverables, or when a landlord demands rent from a person who is not responsible for providing it. This is a good second defense, after Making Your Business Look Like it’s Out of Business.