10 Items your Business Should Be Recycling
Recycling is good for the environment, and offers many benefits to businesses across the UK. Recycling can help you save money on new purchases, improve your brand’s overall image and reduce your waste costs. We’ve put together a list of 10 items every business should be recycling!
According to GOV.UK it is estimated that the UK’s generation of commercial and industrial (C&I) waste was at 41.9 million tonnes in 2014, 32.8 million tonnes of which was generated in England. Provisional figures also suggest that waste generation has since decreased to around 32.2 million tonnes in 2016. Every business has a responsibility to keep waste to a minimum by doing everything in their power to prevent, reuse, reduce and recycle any equipment or waste their business provides.
The Duty of Care for Business Waste
Did you know, business waste may potentially pose a risk to the environment and human health if it is not managed or maintained properly? Every single business produces waste, and they have a legal obligation to manage it safely. Adhering to the Government’s recycling rules and regulations means that your business will be able to deal with waste more sustainably, therefore avoiding enforcement action. The Duty of Care Legislation for Business Waste states that businesses producing waste must:
store waste safely and securely
accurately describe waste
segregate any hazardous or special waste
use registered waste carriers
use waste transfer notes and keep records for at least two years
What counts as business waste?
Any waste that is produced from commercial activity is classed as business waste. This also counts if you are doing any business from home, or are a freelance worker at home - any waste from that part is branded as business waste.
Business waste also includes any waste that comes from:
Every business produces waste, and a lot of that waste is in fact recyclable. If your business isn’t recycling, you’re missing out on an array of benefits, which include:
Helping the environment
Enhancing your business’s reputation
Reducing waste costs
Meeting legal obligations
Here are 10 items every business should be recycling:
Not every business has the means to recycle food waste, but if your business is in the hospitality or food industry, then it is definitely something you should be doing - especially if you have a compost heap at home. Create a compost pile in container at work, and then when it is full, (providing you can lift it) take it home and add it to your existing compost patch. Starting a compost pile in your garden means that you are creating your own free supply of organic fertiliser for your flowers, lawn and/or vegetable patch.
Many companies across the UK end up with a plethora of electrical equipment that no longer works and then fills up landfills. You can recycle electrical equipment such as computers in a number of ways, depending on the state of the machine. There are many nonprofit organisations that will keep computers and electrical equipment entirely out of the waste stream. Giving these computers to charities also means that you are giving access to someone who might not otherwise be able to afford a computer. Non-working computers can be sent to recycling centers where they are dismantled and valuable components are recovered.
Wood is used in an array of appliances and products both at home and within a business. From wooden window seals, benches, tables, bookcases and so much more. It may seem obvious, but we need to remember that we get wood from cutting trees down, and the more trees we cut down, the more damage we are doing to the planet. If you’re renovating your office, shop or site, then you should make sure that you recycle any wood products you no longer want or need. Recycled wood can be used for eco-friendly furniture and help protect timber resources whilst reducing the need to chop down trees. Wood has many uses when recycled, and can be turned into wood items such as benches and window seals, or can be used to add to your compost heap in forms of sawdust and wood shavings.
Windows, cups, screens, you name it - glass finds itself in many places around the workplace, and when it is no longer needed it should absolutely be recycled. Glass is 100% recyclable, and can be recycled over and over again as it doesn’t lose quality or purity regardless of the number of times it is recycled. Recycled glass can be a substitute for up to 95% of raw materials, therefore reducing emissions and extending the life of plant equipment, saving energy.
Pressurised containers including gas bottles, fire extinguishers and similar flammable containers can be recycled and reused. Pressurised containers can usually be put it in the bin designated for steel or aluminium at your local recycling facility, or sent back to the company you purchased it from.
Recycling your empty printer ink cartridges helps protect the environment. Many businesses get through a number of ink cartridges each year. Instead of binning them so they end up in landfill sites where they can take up to 1,000 years to decompose -, it is recommended that you recycle yours. Whilst new cartridges are often expensive, a remanufactured one can cost as little as 10% of what the original costs. And purchasing these is, of course, kinder to our environment.
Newspapers and magazines are one of the easiest items to recycle for businesses and homes alike. If your business subscribes to any newspapers or magazines or simply buys them from time-to-time, make sure you’re recycling them instead of throwing them into the general waste bin. Putting them in the recycle bin once they’ve exceeded their use helps cut down on the number of trees that are cut down each year.
If you have a fleet of cars or vans for your business and they no longer work or you don’t want them, you should consider recycling your cars and selling them on for cash. Recycled vehicles are usually dismantled and the working parts are reused. They are then crushed down and sent to the steel mill.
Everything ordered for delivery is sent in excess packaging, and the majority of this packaging can be recycled and reused. Obviously, cardboard boxes can either be used for sending out products of your own or simply placed in a recycling bin. Plastic containers are another item that your business should consider recycling – you can even send them back to the company who sent them, or request collection.
If your business relies on a lot of machinery, you’ll probably find that you end up with a lot of excess parts and old machines that are no longer working, and taking up space. At Bronneberg we offer a recycling service for machinery and other materials, helping you to reduce landfill and get back on your feet! Get in touch with one of our experts today.