Green office tips: Why recycling at work is so important

Recycling at work is beneficial to the environment as recycling materials normally uses less energy than generating from scratch and diverting material from landfill reduces the amount of harmful greenhouse gasses. It’s motivating as people like to be able to recycle at work as they do at home. Once staff see how seriously their employers take waste savings in other areas should be seen.

With a combination of recycling, waste reduction and efficient collection methods waste costs can be halved. With the average company spending 4% of its turnover on waste and manufacturing industries up to 10% halving these costs represents a massive saving. Imagine if you were a salesman who was directly responsible for generating sales worth almost half a company’s turnover one year. You would expect some recognition or reward wouldn’t you? Now imagine generating those orders every single year. That is what you are effectively doing by saving your organisation 2-5% of turnover a year. So measure your results and let others in your organisation know. It will help motivate others to recycle and won’t do you any harm either.

A further incentive to recycle is the law, the Landfill Directive is designed to increase waste recycling and reduce dangerous emissions from landfill sites. For general commercial waste, a proportion of each waste stream your business produces must be separated out for recycling or it must go through a sorting facility.

Wiles Greenworld, London office supplies and eco-friendly furniture distributor has been engaging recycling at work for the last two decades. The company that has a zero waste to landfill policy offers environmental supplies and a free recycling service to all its customers.

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