In our Business Plan, one of the initiatives we undertook to implement was "A significant move toward an electronic office, coupled with a resource management strategy, covering the reduction in our reliance on finite resources and the recycling of waste".
Since then, our Footprints Initiative has been developed with many energy saving ideas, and put into practice. Below are details of the specific actions we have carried out, and will carry out in the near future:
The Paper-lite Office: all Divisions in the office work with electronic files and all archiving is done electronically. Given the very large number of original contracts and deeds that we deal with every day, we do not expect that our practice will ever be "paper-free", but we are increasingly becoming paper-lite.
Paper & Cardboard Waste: we work hard at recycling paper waste and are aiming to achieve almost 100% recycling of our paper and cardboard waste in the near future.
Glass: all glass bottles used within the office are recycled.
Fluorescent Tubes/Light Bulbs: all discarded fluorescent tubes and light bulbs are recycled by an accredited company who provide appropriate SEPA documentation.
Redundant IT Equipment: all redundant and unusable IT equipment is disposed of using professional recyclers of IT equipment.
Toner/Printer Cartridges/Mobile Phones: we support both the RNIB and Tommy's baby charity fund by our continued commitment of collecting all of the above items for recycling.
Plastic Cups: all plastic cups from the vending machines and water-coolers are recycled.
MacRoberts are members of The Legal Sector Alliance - an inclusive movement of law firms and organisations committed to working collaboratively to take action on climate change by reducing their carbon footprint and adopting environmentally sustainable practices.
(MacRoberts steps in Legal Sector Alliance footprints)