Waste Reduction and Management
Remove Waste Bins From Desks

What Is It?

Removing waste bins from desks can have an immediate impact on reducing the waste generated. Paper waste is the most common waste material created in offices. As a result, most desks only need a paper reuse collection tray and a recycling bin at each desk. The waste bin can be located centrally in the office to provide access to the entire staff at once.


Studies have shown that removing under-desk waste bins while providing sufficient recycling bins as an alternative is an effective way of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. Removing individual waste-bins from desks also leads to heightened employee awareness regarding recycling and other sustainability efforts, as it’s something they’ll be confronted with every day.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Boston Properties (link to Project Story)
  • A Better City
  • CB Richard Elllis
  • The Chiofaro Company
  • Epiphany School
  • Forest City
  • Gillette
  • Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Meister Consultants
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Peabody Office Furniture
  • Save that Stuff
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Turner Construction

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

  • Desktop Mini Trash Cans (click on picture for link to vendor)

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