Recycle Week 2015 (22nd-28th July)

We are nearing the end of recycle week now and hopefully you’ve done your best to recycle as much and as often as you possibly can! We have written this short blog just to give you some hints and tips on how to maintain your recycling the whole year round! Both at home and in the workplace.

If you aren’t already aware, recycling is extremely important for our environment and maintaining it’s natural resources. It’s about preserving resources and reducing pollution for our well-being.
This year the theme for Recycle Week is ‘recycling around the home’ but we want to include the workplace in that as well; the office is our second home after all.

We’ll start off with the home . . . you can make recycling fun, easy and convenient for your kids and therefore encourage them to recycle as part of everyday life. Convenience is key here, you should give your child a designated recycle tub to keep in their bedroom, it can match their décor or personality, make it personal to them. This way, there is no excuse for your youngsters to put recycling in the non-recycling bin. Do the same in your bathroom, get a small bin to have at the side of the toilet that is only for toilet roll tubes, this will again make it easy and convenient for your children, yourself, and guests, to recycle. If you have younger children you could have colour coded recycling bins and teach them colours and make recycling interesting for them. Or you could let them decorate the recycling bins themselves to really get them involved and interested. These are just a few examples to get you thinking.

Did you know that you can also use a food waste collection service? So don’t send your food waste to landfill, send it to be recycled into compost! There are many food collection services around the country, find out more here.

Your place of work probably already has recycling bins to encourage everyone to recycle more, but you could really step up the game by setting recycling challenges. Have rewards for the department who recycles the most over a month. Really get involved and make your workplace greener!

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint even more and promote your environmentally friendly company to you clients and suppliers, why not get ISO 14001 certification? ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for the environmental management of businesses. Implementing an Environmental Management System is the best way to control the impacts your company has upon the environment. Check it out here.

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