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How to Run Your Reception More Sustainably

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How to Run Your Reception More Sustainably

How to Run Your Reception More Sustainably
December 16
20:59 2014

Here is a quick summary of ideas on running your reception area more sustainably and make a lasting impression your bottom line.


Ensure the door to your establishment is kept closed, except when in use to help maintain the temperature. Invest in an automatic closing mechanism if one is not already installed. The fitting of draught excluders will also help to prevent heat loss, improve comfort and cut costs.

Likewise, ensure computers and electronic equipment are switched off at night and monitors are switched off when staff members are away from the reception area. Use electronic communication where possible to reduce printing and, when buying new equipment, consider energy-efficient models.


Encourage staff to print documents only when absolutely necessary. Ensure the printer is set to print double-sided or multiple pages on one sheet. It is also a good idea to set up a recycling bin for waste paper next to your printer. Technology may allow you to email or text receipts to customers rather than printing.

Furniture reuse

When refitting your establishment, reduce landfill by donating unwanted furniture to a reuse organisation or charity. This also reduces virgin materials being used in the production of new items. Leasing instead of purchasing has number of benefits and is worth considering.

Environmental policy

Displaying your business’s environmental policy promotes a commitment to comply with legislation and to manage the environmental effects of your operations. This helps guide your staff and encourages them to take environmentally responsible actions in their everyday work.

Staff engagement

Staff training is more effective if people feel included. Keep track of progress by regularly monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for waste, water and energy. Benchmark performance and compare it with other sites within the company.

Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012

Since 1st January 2014, businesses have had to present metal, plastic, glass, paper and card for separate collection to comply with the Waste (Scotland) Regulations. Those which produce over 50kg of food waste per week must also present food waste for separate collection from this date.


Replace bulbs with energy-efficient, compact fluorescent lamps and slimline tubes. These can typically make immediate savings on your lighting bill of 50% and last ten times longer. Ensure that lighting controls are clearly labelled with good signage, especially if grouped together.

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