According to the recycling figures published by the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) last February this year, there was very little increase in the overall recycling rates in 2016, when it reached 44.6% from 44.3% in 2015. Over 15 million tonnes of recyclable materials still end up in landfills.
There is a need to boost the movement Zero Waste to Landfill to effectively put a stop to the ever-growing ‘packaging waste mountain’ in the UK—and what better way to contribute than to adopt the same principle in your very own business? Companies can help protect the environment through cardboard recycling and food composting.
Moving Towards Zero Waste to Landfill
The entire concept of Zero Waste to Landfill rests on a simple objective: to ensure that no waste ends up there. Being able to properly and efficiently put this into practice in the work environment requires a re-evaluation of your company’s waste management in general, down to the nitty-gritty of everyday processes and transactions for every employee. Identifying the types of waste that your office accumulates is the first step in properly assigning the appropriate site and process for each and everyone:
- Cardboard recycling – sending the material to paper mills.
- Bottles, and other glass waste – sent for remelting.
- Plastic recycling – for repackaging and repurposing.
- Food waste – for composting
A Clear Conscience and Great Image—with Less the Expense
There are several advantages to adopting Zero Waste to Landfill Policy in the office. It bolsters a sense of environmental awareness and responsibility among the employees and saves your company from the rising cost of waste disposal. Other benefits include:
- Additional revenue from recycled materials
- Compliance with waste regulations
- Positive PR for the company
- Better employee engagement with active campaigns
Zero Waste to Landfill policies may seem daunting and difficult to implement, and it requires a lot of effort to revise waste disposal and management protocols. Training employees and staff, overseeing reusing, recycling, and reducing processes require 100% cooperation from everyone in your business. With the planet at stake, companies need to take the wheel and steer towards a cleaner, more sustainable, and environmentally responsible way of life.