Offices around the UK generate a huge amount of waste each day, but according to Envirowise, only about 10 per cent of it gets recycled. At Clarity Environmental we have been working hard to reduce, reuse and recycle more of our office waste, and we are delighted to report that we have increased the amount we are recycling by an impressive 62 per cent in the last two years.
Setting ourselves tough targets
We made a commitment to improve the amount of office waste we recycle in 2013, setting ourselves some tough annual targets. In that year we aimed to increase our recycling rates by 20 per cent. Achieving this, we went on to set ourselves an even tougher challenge for 2015, increasing our target by another 20 per cent. Once again, we achieved this goal, recycling a total of 880kg over the year. This is the equivalent of 10 trees or 1260kg of CO2.
Hayley Bosworth, Quality and Data Manager said: “As a business we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and office waste is one area we recognised improvements could be made. We’ve been recycling more, ensuring our staff know which items can be recycled and how, and regularly auditing our waste and recycling. We’re delighted to see these improvements have worked. And we now hope to see even further increase in our recycling rates, as this year we’ve also added our used printer toner cartridges to the items sent for recycling.
Hayley added that the team is encouraged to first think about the waste they produce: “Whilst recycling is important and we are really pleased with the results, we are even more mindful of the amount of waste we produce and always encourage our staff to reduce and reuse first.”
Tips to reduce office waste:
- Set the office printer to print on both sides of the paper by default.
- Use electronic communication where possible to reduce printing.
- Don't print out emails unless absolutely necessary. Add "Think before you print" to the bottom of email signatures as a prompt to others.
- Collect all paper that has been printed on one side and reuse it for printing in draft, or for scrap message pads.
- Reuse envelopes wherever possible.
- Place recycling bins in all offices.
Our commitment to the environment
We are committed to sustainable business principles and have sought to find the most environmentally friendly methods of running our business from day one. We are approved to ISO 9001 and 14001 for both our Quality and Environmental Management Systems, which underlines our commitment and dedication to maintaining the highest quality standards in the delivery of our services, whilst remaining as 'green' as we possibly can within a competitive market place
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