How does recycling affect a business? According the Government, each year we produce 177 million tonnes of waste in England alone. If not handled correctly, this waste is extremely costly to dispose of and has an very detrimental affect on the environment.

Businesses and consumers are being urged towards ‘zero waste’ – this doesn’t mean waste won’t be produced – that will never happy – but it means the waste that is produced is disposed of in the most environmentally-sound way; primarily this is by reducing, reusing and recycling as much as you possibly can.

Many businesses still send a great deal of their waste to landfill – not only is this very harmful to the environment because of the greenhouses and methane landfill sites produce, but it is also very costly to a business with the cost per tonne in Landfill Tax currently standing at £80.

By introducing recycling to your business you will be seen in a positive light by your staff and more importantly, your customers. Recycling doesn’t have to be complicated and could be as simple a introducing containment bins for dry mixed recycling (DMR); or if you wanted to go further you could segregate on site and have different bins for paper, cardboard, tins, bottles, plastics etc. Introduction of these measures is important if you are looking to achieve ISO14001 status.

By recycling you can also affect a business by generating income from your waste – rebates are available for good quality paper, cardboard, plastics and other materials – so instead of paying hefty landfill taxes to dispose of your waste, you could actually be treating it as an income source for your business.

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