I got sent a press release from Lewisham Labour Group congratulating council staff on their suggestions on how to reduce the council’s environmental impact – for some reason it’s not made it to their website yet. Alan Hall who chairs the group reminds us that if we have any good ideas we can use the Local Assemblies as a place to raise them formally.
Anyway here are the ideas council staff came up with:
- Plastic cups – replacing the use of disposable plastic cups across the organisation.
- Further reduction of water coolers.
- Reusing office stationery – introduction of an ‘office sharepoint’ where staff could reuse unwanted stationery, such as folders and box files, rather than buying new stock.
- Reusing bags – encouraging staff to reuse carrier bags, or better still, using cotton bags for shopping.
- Printer and toner cartridges – extending the printer/toner cartridge recycling scheme so that all Council printer/toner cartridges can be recycled.
- Extending the range and coverage of recycling facilities across the Council.
- Saving electricity – installing new software for Council PCs which automatically switches appliances off when not in use.
- Lighting – launch of a new internal “switch it off” audit and awareness campaign reminding staff to switch off lights and electrical equipment when not in use (many offices already have ‘movement sensitive’ lights fitted, which automatically switch off if no movement is detected in the room).
All small things that can make a difference, let’s hope Sir Steve agrees and makes them council policy.