Why recycle? Is it worth the effort?

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Recycling is an economical and cost effective way of dealing with office waste, and it is often cheaper than general waste disposal. Recycling isn’t just a good way of saving money, but it helps the environment! In a landfill, many types of waste generate harmful greenhouse gasses. Biodegradable waste in a landfill produces methane, and this is 23 times as potent as carbon dioxide.

Recycled materials will be used to manufacture new products and this requires less energy than producing products from scratch, and will lessen the amount of landfill we produce.


Recycling will help your business in many ways –

  1. It saves space by having designated areas and labelled bins for specific materials
  2. Reduces clutter
  3. It helps to protect the environment
  4. A cost effective way of dealing with your waste
  5. On average, 60-80% office waste is paper
  6. Businesses who recycle have said it improves their reputation within their community



Many people and businesses are confused on what materials they can recycle, here are just a few items that can be –

  1. White and coloured paper
  2. Leaflets, envelopes, magazines, newspapers
  3. Confidential paper (shredding can be offered by some recycling companies)
  4. Cardboard
  5. Printer cartridges
  6. Plastic bottles
  7. Food and drink cans
  8. Batteries

Depending on where you’re located, recycling companies will offer different services.


Did you know? –

  1. 1 recycled tin can could save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours
  2. Up to 60% of waste that ends up in landfill could have been recycled
  3. Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it were made from raw materials
  4. It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of paper
  5. In 2013 England’s recycling rate rose to 43.6%

In May 2014 the ‘Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund’ was launched. The scheme is funded by Defra (Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs), grants will be awarded to businesses, partnerships, councils and charities with creative ideas on how to prevent waste. This scheme will run for two years and grants will be awarded in three phases.

Projects must address at least one of the following waste prevention schemes –

  1. Paper and cardboard
  2. Textiles
  3. Food
  4. Plastic materials
  5. Furniture
  6. Bulky material
  7. Electronic equipment
  8. Healthcare and chemical
  9. Construction and demolition

The purpose of the Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund, is to encourage businesses and partnerships to contribute to a more sustainable economy by building waste prevention and reduction into their daily routine. If you’d like more information on the Innovation in Waste Prevention Fund then follow the link.

ISO 14000 is a family of standards related to environmental management that exists to help organisations (a) minimise how their operations (processes, etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e., cause adverse changes to air, water, or land); (b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements, and (c) continually improve in the above.

 Western Industrial Products has a range of recycling products that can help you on your way to a greener business! Have a look at their recycling bins, labels, battery bins and recycling rucksacks.

Article compiled by: Laura Pay-Savage

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