Fuelled by our desire for goods and services, waste has long been considered a necessary by-product of economic progress. However, with global waste generation currently standing at 7 – 10 billion tonnes per annum, the magnitude of this issue is finally being realised in the mainstream. As a part of this, the commercial real estate industry creates vast amounts of waste through both the construction and operational phases. Everyday office waste may include stationary and packaging, as well as food and catering waste. In addition, mechanical and electrical equipment, and office furniture may also become surplus to requirements at certain times. As such, many authorities and organisations are setting their own ambitious waste targets. For example, the EU have recently set recycling targets of 70% by 2030 and real estate companies are setting more ambitious ‘zero waste’ targets as part of their sustainability goals.