As we get settled into 2019, there are probably very few (if any) businesses that don’t have some sort of recycling program in place. With that said, there are likely many that have very basic recycling processes in place or are limited in what’s available to them. Sometimes, companies are under the impression that they don’t have the resources or funding to increase their office recycling program. We want to make it clear that this is not the case, and there are ways around this. In fact, through some very simple steps you can dramatically improve your current recycling program and save some money while doing it.
To ensure that your recycling system maximizes the potential for recycling, it will take a little time and effort initially to determine what and how to recycle the items collecting in your office. At the end of the day it is important to remember that every contribution counts and implementing these green practices will contribute greatly to bettering our environment, as well as reducing mess around your office. It is a win-win situation for all!
Here are 3 recycling tips to incorporate into your office:
Paper is still used daily in most offices; while we have cut back on it with electronic information sharing on the rise, there is still significant room for improvement. Did you know that every ton of paper that is recycled saves approximately 17 full grown trees? Before throwing your paper into the recycling bin or worse the trash, why not use these scraps that have only been printed on one side to for keeping notes, reminders, etc. Of course, you’ll want to first make sure that this paper does not have content that is deemed sensitive!
Another simple way to recycle is to reuse manila envelopes and any file folders kicking around. Consider using stickers instead of pen/marker, so you don’t have to scratch anything out, creating a mess. When possible, always buy paper products made from recycled paper. Finally, rather than using packing peanuts, pack items for shipping in used, shredded paper that does not contain confidential information. If the content is private it should be shred by a professional document shredding company that can offer 100% security. Office shredders only shred papers into strips which can be put back together if found by a determined individual. In this case, consider purchasing recycling collection sacks; these are perfect for the collection of sensitive documents; not only are the documents shred but the bag is shred and fully recyclable as well.
You should make an effort to recycle ink products, like the cartridges you use for printing purposes. Batteries and light bulbs can also be recycled if you incorporate specialty bins into your recycling program. At Alpha Waste, we carry the battery bin which is designed specifically for; you guessed it, batteries! When it comes to arranging you office, why not look for used furniture, décor items, and desk lamps, rather than purchasing brand new. You might find some great deals on attractive paintings, or accent pieces and may even find the perfect touches at a yard sale or thrift store.
Set up recycling bins next to every large trash can and in areas where trash cans fill up quickly, such as by printing stations. Communicate to your staff that you’d prefer they use these over small waste baskets. Of course, this will force your employees to leave their desk more often, but that is definitely not a bad thing! Also, consider appointing a designated recycling coordinator who will oversee getting the program started and handling your full recycling strategy, which includes cardboard, glass, steel, plastic, and paper products.
Alpha Waste is here to assist you in kicking off a new and improved recycling program for your office!
Get in touch with us to learn more at 01634 838 540
Confidential business matters flood most offices on an ongoing basis, and as schedules often get hectic among employees, it’s easy to forget certain processes that should remain a top priority. What might this refer to exactly? Most importantly, ensuring your employees are sharing, storing and disposing of sensitive documents in a secure manner is simply imperative in this day and age.
While general awareness surrounding information theft and fraud is increasing, the fact of the matter is, fraudulent crimes pertaining to both continue to take place across the UK. How can your business limit the risks associated with these incidences?
First and foremost, maintaining a work environment that is clutter-free and organized will immediately set the tone for a productive, positive and focused work today. What’s more is that in doing so, your operations and daily business processes should run smoothly without unnecessary distractions which can have the opposite affect. An orderly office will also help your organization in remaining compliant when it comes to the security of private information. Alternatively, if your office appears as though a bomb just went off, then you have some potentially serious security risks to deal with. In fact, an office that screams chaos could lend itself to a security breach, which is not a good situation to be in for any business owner.
How can you create (and sustain) a work environment that keeps you safe from the threat of a data breach? To start, you’ll want to be sure all documents being stored in-house are done so in a secure manner, meaning placed in security bins or secured cabinets, while any documents that no longer serve a purpose for your business, are disposed appropriately. Hiring a certified and experienced document shredding company to look after the secure shredding of your old documents is by far your best and most reliable option out there. What else can you do aside from document shredding to reduce risk of information theft?
Let’s take a look at some common security risks and appropriate solutions to combat these:
Waste Bins Positioned Next to Printer(s)
If your garbage bins are set up next to your office printer, it is highly probable the bins will be used for more than just garbage. Sensitive records that are printed by mistake or forgotten about in error, will usually make their way to the garbage because it’s the easy and quick solution. Sadly this “lazy toss” as it’s sometimes referred to as, results in an immediate security threat because they can be stolen or lost when placed in an unsecured bin. If the wrong individual locates material of interest through dumpster diving, any of it could be used to perform criminal activity, such as information theft.
Solution: Paperwork that contains sensitive matters but no longer requires keeping, should be placed in a lockable security bins before being emptied for shredding. Using these bins guarantees that your documents remain untouched prior to pick-up, keeping your business, employees, and clients safe.
Improper Use of Recycling Bins
Like with garbage bins, recycling bins that are used for paper disposal will leave your business vulnerable to a data breach. Many business owners are making the decision to remove office-sized recycling bins from their office entirely, in an effort to keep private information out of the recycling bin. While we don’t necessarily think this is the only option, it is important to distinguish your collection program and what material belongs where so that recycling bins are used correctly.
Solution: Keep documents separate from recyclables; paper documents should be shred securely prior to recycling; we suggest that your organization follow a shred-all policy to allow for a simple and easy process, employees can follow with ease.
Unrestricted Access to Security Bins
The key(s) for your collection containers should always be stored separately in a secure area. If a key is spotted in plain sight, technically anyone within your office could gain access to confidential details. While no one wants to think that this could ever occur, internal theft is real, and it does happen sporadically. It can be a tempting scenario for curious, wandering eyes.
Solution: Keep keys in a secured storage room or cabinet, and only give access to specific employees who have authority and can be trusted in your company. For service and security, you can trust in, we suggest turning to a document destruction company who will provide your company with durable, lockable consoles to place throughout your office, in high traffic areas. Paper will then be collected, removed, and securely shred so you don’t have to worry about the state of this information. Outsourcing your document shredding is the only method of document destruction that guarantees papers are unrecoverable permanently.
Don’t leave your business in a risky situation when it can be prevented. Contact Alpha Waste to speak to our team about the quality recycling and security bins we provide, and who we partner with in relation to document shredding companies. You will quickly discover why so many businesses depend on our solutions to streamline their recycling and paper disposal habits, while improving their internal security measures.
Call us at 01634 838 540
No matter how many national campaigns are launched to urge a reduction in use of plastic packaging, toothbrushes and other items, the amount of waste materials generated worldwide each day is colossal and growing.
This means it’s more important than ever before to find new ways to recycle. It is also vital to incentivise individuals and businesses to play their part in the process of recycling, by segregating their waste efficiently and re-purposing whatever they can.
Rather than solely reducing the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill, recycling on an industrial scale helps the environment in another crucial way too. Re-using or re-purposing materials and items means less new manufacturing is required. Which means less energy is used, reducing carbon footprint.
If your business recycles, it may well have economic benefits, enabling you to work along lean manufacturing principles.
Another benefit of recycling can be found above ground too. Not all waste finds its way to landfill, which means the planet and its wildlife are at the receiving end of the negative effects of our discarded products, packaging and substances with alarming regularity.
A company that tangibly works hard to recycle can also gain PR benefits and show their stakeholders that they are responsive and caring. Contact Alpha Waste today to find ways your business can recycle more.
Recycling is now such a ubiquitous activity that almost all families, workplaces and public service providers have carefully considered how best to facilitate it at some point over the last few months and years. Indeed, having a solid and effective recycling scheme in place is now virtually essential across all industries, and something that higher management teams are under increasing pressure to organise.
The reasons for this pressure are myriad. The most obvious is that recycling is a good way to cut down on waste and to help reduce the heaps of industrial landfill that appear every year, leaving the general environment cleaner and more visually pleasing. In addition, this waste can pollute our rivers, oceans and lakes, causing problems for wildlife and plant life that often go ignored.
For industries that create products that may eventually end up in landfill, there is an apparent onus to offset this by investing in recycling schemes to ensure the future of both the industry and the planet. This could take the form of biodegradable packaging, company-wide recycling schemes, or establishing a publicity scheme to demonstrate to consumers that money from the company is being fed into environmental programmes. Indeed, the ethical economy is booming right now, and something that a vast number of players within a variety of industries need to pay attention to in order to thrive.
As well as larger scale ideas such as the aforementioned, managers and industry players should consider how every member of staff can participate in adequate recycling practices. Proving the presence of proper recycling disposal units and bins in warehouses and offices is important when attempting to proliferate the green credentials of a company. News that an organisation has a poor recycling record can have detrimental effects on their reputation, regardless of the sector in which they are operating.
If you’re looking for innovative ways for your company to increase their environmental efforts, why not browse our website here at Alpha Waste Solutions today, or contact us for more information.
CDs and DVDs can’t be recycled and will never completely degrade if consigned to the rubbish tip. However, there are a number of ways you can recycle your unwanted CDs and DVDs without sending them to landfill.
If the discs are in good condition, you could pass them to a charity shop for re-sale to raise money for a good cause. Alternatively, if you’re strapped for cash, try taking your discs to a car boot sale.
What about damaged discs?
CDs or DVDs cannot be placed in your council recycling collection bins. However, your local recycling depots might take them. Your local council will confirm what’s acceptable and what isn’t.
There are quite a few private companies that will accept CDs for recycling and you’ll find what’s available in your area by doing a quick Google search.
The art department at your local school or college might be able to make use of your unwanted discs for creative projects. Your own kids might enjoy making Christmas decorations from CDs or DVDs decorated with glitter and ribbons. Try adding your old discs to your children’s play box and see what they can create.
Old CDs make very effective bird scarers. The light reflected from the discs as they spin in the wind frightens birds away, helping to keep your veggies safe from unwanted nibbling. If you don’t have a garden yourself, try taking your box of discs down to your local allotment and see if anyone there would like to make use of them.
Rather than simply throwing out your old CDs and DVDs so that they finish up in a landfill site, employ a little creative thinking to give them a new purpose and help reduce your carbon footprint too.
As the third national vote in as many years and with Brexit looming, the ramifications of the UK’s general election will be felt far and wide – and the world of recycling is no exception.
What did the Tories want?
Going into the election, Theresa May promised to publish a 25-year ‘Environment Plan’.
The plan promised to make sure local councils were the ones to pick up rubbish from the sides of roads and to put those responsible for the mess through the justice system.
And the Tories also said they would tackle the litter curse by “supporting comprehensive rubbish collection and recycling”.
The plan was meant to come out earlier this year. But the disarray caused by the shock hung parliament has plunged it into uncertainty.
The other parties
Because she didn’t get a majority, May will now have to choose which of her policies she thinks she can get the votes for in Parliament.
For now, at least, her main support looks like it will come from the DUP. The word ‘recycling’ doesn’t appear anywhere in their general election manifesto, although last year one of their members said it was “encouraging” that household waste recycling was on the rise in Northern Ireland.
More broadly, Labour said they wanted to bolster plastic bottle deposit schemes by introducing targets, while the Liberal Democrats wanted to introduce separate food waste collections in a whopping 90% or more of homes. The Green Party, unsurprisingly, pledged a “zero waste target”.
It doesn’t look like the Tories will need the help of these parties just yet. But, as the saying goes, “a week is a long time in politics”. If May loses support in the weeks and months ahead, the recycling policies of the progressive parties could come a step closer to law.
In today’s busy world, most people are switched on to the need for us to all be recycling our home waste. This is reinforced by many city councils now providing every home with recycling bins and cited recycling locations. However, not every business is clued up on the importance of also recycling in the work place. There are many benefits of recycling all office waste, both for your company and for the environment. Moreover, recycling in offices and in the work place, today, is easier than ever. At the very least all you have to do is install an office recycling bin. This article serves to outline the key benefits and importance of work place recycling.
Saves you money
Firstly, by recycling all of your office waste using an office recycling bin, you can save a lot of money. Not only on disposal costs, but by recycling secondary materials – such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals – you can often take a monetary rebate.
Helps the environment
In our over populated world, where cities are heaving and towns are full, rubbish can put huge strains on the environment. By disposing of your office waste responsibly and recycling it you can make a big difference very quickly. For instance, every ton of recycled paper saves over 7000 gallons of water and 17 trees. Put this against the amount of paper your company uses a year, and these figures become significant. Additionally, by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill you will help reduce the leachate and the amount of toxins that get into our waterways and ecosystems.
Improves your corporate social responsibility
Customers today are aware of the need to recycle – thanks to TV advertising! As a result, consumers are more attracted to those corporations that practice a moral corporate social responsibility. People will often choose you over your competitors if you are linked to charities and are a responsible company when it comes to waste. By promoting your recycling efforts – via social media – this can lead to an increased brand awareness and heightened customer retention levels.
Office recycling is often easier than you think. By simply starting a work place recycling program you will be able to take full advantage of the benefits of recycling. Simply begin by installing an office recycling bin for waste paper and grow your strategy from there, once you get all of your staff following suit.
Contact us at Alpha Waste Solutions for more information on office recycling bins and simple tips to encourage your employees to recycle. You’ll soon start to reap the benefits.
Recycling: it’s a concept that gets many of us going. How often have you heard people moan, “Do we have to recycle?”
Well, if we want to do our best for the planet and improve the outlook for our children’s generation, the short answer is yes. So it’s encouraging that more and more of us are doing our bit. And thanks to technological advances, even more of our daily household waste can be recycled.
With an increase in recycling going from 11% in 2000, to 45% in 2014, that figure looks set to rise to 65% when the final figures are released for this year. That’s despite some councils noting a small decline in numbers.
It can be frustrating having so many bins and different days. So does recycling help and is it all worthwhile?
Well, let’s take metal waste for instance.
51,000 tonnes of all the aluminium produced each year in the UK goes into packaging for our food. If you were to recycle all of those cans, the UK would need 14 million fewer dustbins.
A staggering £36,000,000 of aluminium is thrown away each year, but with recycling, that aluminium could be something else in as little as 6 weeks. 35% of the world’s aluminium needs now come from recycled cans. That means an old can may be transformed into a new can on your supermarket shelf in just 60 days!
Those possibilities are endless. With that simple can of beans, or beverage can that you recycle, you could be helping build a plane, helping a baseball team hit a home run with a recycled bat, helping a restaurant serve a meal on a recycled pan, or even help a budding photographer take a picture on his recycled camera!
Other forms of metal waste can also be recycled, such as metal components and plastic casing from electronic products you no longer have a use for. And with many clothes, books and even roads now being made from recycled materials, it’s all the more important to do your bit and keep the world turning, helping turn the old into something new.
Wherever you live you may well have been affected by fly tipping. Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can be liquid or solid, one bag or larger quantities, lorry loads in fact.
If you’ve seen this, then you’re probably pretty annoyed. Not only does it make the area look ugly or run down, it can also be quite dangerous. It could contain hazardous material such as asbestos. It may contain hospital waste such as needles.
Fly tipping carries anything from a fixed penalty notice to up to 5 years in prison.
Local councils are responsible for dealing with such crimes using their existing prosecution powers. Just yesterday in Gateshead, a company director was fined £1000 for dumping building waste on a street.
It’s estimated that fly tipping on private land costs between £50m to £150m each year. Councils won’t pay for the clean up on private land but will investigate the issue.
A group has been set up to help tackle the issue. You can find them here, including details on how to prevent fly tipping in your area.
Its everywhere isn’t it? everywhere you look there is a sign telling us to recycle. From our rubbish to our clothes there is a recycling bank for it somewhere. But is it doing any good? I still keep hearing about global warming, contamination of our Oceans and rivers, and yet here we are, conditioning ourselves to “help the environment” and “save the ozone layer”.
The short answer is of course it is doing some good. For example:
It takes more than 30% MORE energy to create paper from raw materials than recycling it, so less energy used and less air pollution
The average person in the UK reads 38kg of newspapers every year but it takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper
It can’t ever be a bad thing to increase the quality of the air that we breathe in on a daily basis can it? Based on that alone we are doing some good with recycling.
According to DEFRA, in 2015 the UK’s recycling rate reached 45%, the highest on record.
“As waste has been diverted away from landfill and up the waste hierarchy, there have been significant environmental benefits but also some environmental risks” – DEFRA
The answer to the question is a resounding “yes”. The facts presented are just a handful of those reasons that we all must continue to do our best to make this planet of ours sustainable, without damaging further the very reasons we are able to survive.