Office Recycling & Waste Management

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Office Recycling

The cost of putting waste into landfill sites has been steadily rising since 2001 and currently sits at £82.60 per tonne. Recycling office waste can save your company money and help reduce its impact on the environment.

Our top tips for office recycling

  1. Nominate a recycling champion. This should be someone who can take ownership of all of the recycling and environmental issues
  2. Create an environmental committee.  This is a group of people who can make sure important environmental issues are being dealt with in the correct and most cost effective way for your business
  3. Conduct a waste audit to understand what types and how much waste is being produced by your business
  4. Do your research. Once you have the results of your waste audit, you will be able to prioritise which materials your business needs to work on reducing, recycling or both
  5. Keep records so you can monitor the amount of waste that is recycled and the amount of resources you use.  This will help you to measure how effective your new recycling system is and whether you need to take extra steps to reduce your waste
  6. Communication is key.  Make sure everyone in your business is aware of the recycling facilities and how they should be used

 

 

Waste audits

Waste audits are a great way to help you measure the effectiveness of your current waste management systems. They can be carried out on any type of waste e.g. office waste, commercial and industrial waste and municipal waste.

 

What’s involved in a waste audit ?

A waste audit includes a review of your current methods of handling waste and should help you to identify what improvements can be made to:

  • Gain further value from your waste materials
  • Achieve maximum recycling levels
  • Achieve corporate recycling targets 

It is a good idea to carry out waste audits regularly in order to allow you to monitor improvements.  A good waste management partner should be able to help you do this and provide advice on areas of continuous improvement such as: 

  • Segregation of waste
  • Preventing production of waste in the first place
  • Use of equipment such as balers, compactors and bin

 

What are the benefits ?

The benefits to be gained from carrying out waste audits include:

  • On-going cost savings
  • Identification of new sources of revenue
  • Improved resource efficiency
  • Improved environmental performance

Download our guidance document on how to perform a waste audit here.

Waste prevention

In February 2011, the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations introduced the legal requirement for organisations to apply the waste hierarchy when dealing with waste. This means organisations must take all reasonable steps to prevent and reduce waste and where waste does arise, demonstrate that they have dealt with it in the most environmentally friendly way possible. At the top of this waste hierarchy is waste prevention. In Scotland they have announced a landfill ban on municipal biodegradable waste by 2020 as part of the Zero Waste Regulations. This is the first ban of its kind in the UK and could lead to other countries following suit.

What is waste prevention ?

Waste prevention focuses on reducing the amount of waste that you generate at source.  It involves looking at your manufacturing, processing, packaging, storage, recycling and disposal processes to identify opportunities to manage waste and minimise its impact on the environment. Typical activities involved in waste prevention include: 

 

  • Site visits
  • Mapping the packaging and production wastes to inform and develop good practice
  • Developing recommendations and strategies for prevention, recovery and reuse

 

What are the benefits ?

There are lots of benefits you can gain from waste prevention including:

  • On-going cost savings
  • Increased resource efficiency
  • Improved environmental credentials
  • Identify costly environmental hotspots
  • Additional marketing tool which can be used when  bidding for new tenders/new customers

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