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Improve Your Impact on the Environment - Recycle

Trading for Good Guide to Waste Recycling

Companies have long understood there is a clear business case for becoming more environmentally sustainable. But could you do more still?

Whether it's reducing the carbon impact of your business, reducing water usage, sourcing less environmentally damaging supplies and so on, your business could benefit from cost savings, process efficiencies and improved reputation.

Some things are quick and easy to implement while other tasks might take more effort.

One thing is for sure: a commitment to environmental sustainability will make your business a better business in the long run.

What does waste recycling mean for you?

You can save up to £1,000 per employer by reducing waste and improving resource efficiency. 93% of companies who started to recycle at work say it's easy to implement and maintain. Recycling often reduces clutter and improves the working environment. Less clutter also means increased safety around the workplace. Recycling at work will help you reduce the environmental impact of your business. Over a third of businesses involved in a recent government recycling trial said recycling had improved their reputation within the local community.

What help can you get?

A useful place to start is the Resource Efficiency Line (0808 100 2040). An advisor can help you identify recycling and waste reduction opportunities. 

What do you need to do?

  • When refurbishing units, don’t throw away fixtures and fittings - some charities take furniture and can re-use or recycle it.
  • Do a walk around and identify what raw materials are used and what waste is produced by all areas of the business.
  • Get into the habit of reading meters regularly and plotting readings. This may help to identify any leaks.
  • Remove individual waste bins as people are more likely to recycle more if they have to use centralised bins
  • Put paper recycling bins in all your offices and next to the source of paper waste i.e. photocopier. A rule of thumb is one bin for six staff.
  • Segregate waste materials such as paper, cardboard, glass, cans, plastics and cooking oil for recycling.
  • Work with your suppliers to ensure that packaging received on raw ingredients or materials is recyclable, returnable or re-usable.
  • When replacing energy and water equipment consider buying products on the Enhanced Capital Allowances http://www.eca.gov.uk and Water Technology List http://www.eca-water.gov.uk.

Links

www.wrap.org.uk/business/sme/
www.everycancounts.co.uk/businesses/
www.eca.gov.uk
www.eca-water.gov.uk 

Kevin Barber
About the Author

Kevin Barber

Trading for Good East of England. Helping small businesses strengthen their reputation and grow by showcasing the good work that they do in their communities.

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