In recent years, sustainability and the environment have been the topic on everyone’s lips. Climate emergencies have featured heavily in the news, David Attenborough opened our eyes to the harsh reality of plastic waste in our oceans, and there has been a growing emphasis on the importance of recycling.
Despite this, a report revealed that as many as 90% of UK businesses don’t have a recycling policy in place.
Monday 20th September marks the beginning of recycling week. As a purpose driven agency with a passion for sustainability, we wanted to mark the occasion by sharing four key reasons why organisations should have a recycling policy in place.
First and foremost, recycling is good for the planet. This is because it takes a lot less energy to re-use and recycle materials than it does to create the same material from scratch. For example, recycling aluminium uses 95% less energy than when it’s produced using raw materials. And when we reduce energy consumption, we also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As the global population continues to increase, so does the size and number of rubbish tips. Landfills are filling with an increasing speed, many of which contain items like cardboard and textiles that could very easily have been recycled. Plastic waste accounts for a large part of the problem - a topic we discussed not too long ago with British Charity WRAP. Click here to read the article.
By practicing corporate social responsibility (CSR), organisations are keeping themselves accountable to the kind of impact they’re having on all aspects of society, including the environment. As such, sustainability and recycling are key components of CSR and should therefore be a top priority for organisations.
Recycling is also very much a global responsibility, and everyone has a part to play in making it happen. And with the topic so high on everyone’s agenda, your organisation should be seen to be playing an active role in this widespread cause rather than someone who buries their head in the sand.
There are in fact business waste laws in place to ensure that UK businesses and organisations don’t renege on their moral duty to recycle. The aim of these is simple: to protect the environment.
The areas of compliance include regulations around correct sorting and storage of your business waste, ensuring that all recyclable materials are sorted separately from your general waste. You’ll also need to ensure that the waste management company you’re using to dispose your waste has a waste transfer license.
A full list of your organisation’s legal responsibilities can be viewed here.
Consumers of today are demanding increasingly green and environmentally sustainable services from organisations. And the same philosophy also applies to employees. According to a survey, almost 1 in 10 millennials said they would be willing to quit a job if their employer wasn’t sustainable.
Having an environmental or recycling policy in place can be valuable in helping you to win the trust of your audience by positioning yourselves as an organisation that is committed to being, and doing, better. For this very same reason, it can also help you to attract more candidates for job roles.
As an agency, we actively minimise the impact of our business operations on the environment. Our sustainability initiatives include achieving good environmental standards in all re-use, recycling and the disposal of waste. We’re also committed to recycling all waste products that we can, including collection services to our clients.
Recycling is everyone’s responsibility. And we hope that this Recycling Week encourages you to consider the role you have to play in leading by example.
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