The Future of Open Plan Offices

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Offices are becoming more and more flexible with changing floorplans, working hours, and attitudes to employees’ needs. Gone are the days of closed offices or cubicles; now we’re much more likely to work from open plan or agile spaces furnished with deluxe coffee machines and ping-pong tables.

But how can we ensure that our future open plan offices will keep their core values of collaboration and innovation as technology and design evolve, and as recycling becomes even more crucial than ever before?

There are three characteristics we believe help Method Recycling stand out from the crowd when it comes to modern design-thinking in the workplace.

Here’s how we will shape the open plan offices of the future:

Sustainability

Sustainability is becoming a key focus in the modern office, as corporate responsibility and a commitment to environmental initiatives are increasingly being recognised as important for collective action against climate change. Method champions this idea of Open Plan Recycling, with our design-led, colour coded, interlocking recycling bins encouraging a change in lazy rubbish disposal habits, and promoting a collective effort towards achieving sustainability goals.

Having recycling bins out in the open, ensures staff can easily access them without having to hunt for bins hiding in cabinetry. As it only takes a second to dispose of waste, many people will choose the most accessible and easiest disposal option. If the landfill bin is visible while recycling bins are hidden away, landfill will often become the default option. Free standing recycling bins make all recycling streams equally visible and accessible, transforming recycling into an effortless process.  

People adopt new habits through watching and following others. As open plan recycling makes recycling a visible process, people become more conscious about doing it properly. When people know they’re being watched, even subconsciously, they tend to make more conscious decisions.

Activity

Sitting at your desk all-day is not beneficial for your productivity or for your posture. To tackle this, modern offices have created an employee experience where activity is key.

How does Method help? We suggest one Method recycling station (interlocked recycling bins) for every 30-50 employees in your office, to coincide with our rule that bins should be a 10-15 second walk from your desk. By opting for Method bins, not individual desk bins, you are actively inspiring activity among workers.

Style and Flexibility

Prior to open plan recycling, bins were ugly and often hidden in cabinetry as they completely conflicted with the aesthetic created by architects and designers. However, beautifully designed bins now allow recycling to become integrated with the office aesthetic. Being visible, the bins actively encourage and make it easy for people to separate their waste into different recycling streams.

Just as open plan offices give you flexibility in how you work, open plan recycling gives you flexibility in how you recycle. Freestanding recycling stations can be set up where they are needed most, and the number of bins, colours and waste-streams can be customised to cater to the specific needs of your office. Whether you just need a paper recycling bin by the printer, or a full-scale recycling station that separates organics, glass, plastic and landfill, open plan recycling can meet your office’s recycling requirements.

Flexibility is key as recycling evolves. For example, with the recycling of soft plastics becoming more prevalent, having easily interchangeable bins gives you the option of adding or amending waste streams as you see necessary.This need for flexibility is particularly prevalent in larger, corporate fit-outs, where bigger spatial changes occur as teams move or expand and spaces go from boardrooms to training rooms to large format event spaces.

By having shared bins, rather than individual desk bins, cleaners have fewer bins to empty. Clearly defined waste streams allow rubbish to be sorted at source, also saving cleaners time later on.

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See our guide to Open Plan Recycling below: