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Five things your business can do to start recycling in 2024

January 5, 2024

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Transform your business in 2024 with five practical recycling resolutions

2024 has arrived, and as we go full steam ahead into the new year, it’s the perfect time for businesses to embark on a journey towards sustainability. 

Whilst the festive season is the most wonderful time of the year, there’s no denying that it leaves a considerable environmental footprint. According to recent statistics from Hubbub, the average UK household generates around 30% more waste during this time, with a substantial increase in packaging, food, and decorations, highlighting a need for change.

This blog post will explore five practical steps that any business can take to initiate a recycling program and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

1. Start Small

Embarking on a recycling journey doesn’t require a massive overhaul of your business operations. The key is to start small and start somewhere. Identify a specific area or aspect of your business where recycling efforts can be introduced incrementally. This could be as simple as introducing recycling bins in common areas or initiating a paper recycling program in the office. For businesses concerned about confidential waste, Coastal Recycling also provides secure and efficient confidential shredding services, ensuring that sensitive information is disposed of responsibly and in compliance with data protection regulations.

2. Choose What to Recycle

Understanding what materials are recyclable is fundamental to successful recycling. Research your local recycling guidelines and educate your team about the recyclables commonly used in your business. Common materials include paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, tins and cans. Tailor your recycling efforts to align with your business’s specific needs. Coastal Recycling can further support your recycling initiatives by providing specialised wheelie bins for commercial businesses, facilitating the easy and organised collection of recyclables in a manner that suits your operational requirements.

3. Dedicate a Space for It

Creating a designated space for recycling within your business premises is essential for fostering a culture of sustainability. Begin by strategically placing clearly labelled recycling bins in easily accessible locations, such as common areas, break rooms, and near high-traffic zones. By providing easily identifiable and conveniently located recycling stations, you not only make recycling more straightforward for employees but also encourage their active participation in waste reduction initiatives. This dedicated space serves as a tangible reminder of your business’s commitment to environmental responsibility, creating a visual impact that resonates with both employees and customers. Additionally, consider incorporating informative signage or engaging displays in the recycling area to educate and inspire individuals to embrace eco-friendly practices, further solidifying your business’s dedication to sustainable principles.

4. Keep It Simple

Simplicity serves as the cornerstone for the successful implementation of a new recycling program within your business. As you embark on this eco-friendly initiative, it’s crucial to keep guidelines clear, concise, and straightforward to mitigate any potential confusion among employees. Opt for an uncomplicated system that features easy-to-follow instructions, ensuring a seamless and efficient recycling process. By simplifying the recycling guidelines, you will boost the overall effectiveness of the program, fostering a higher rate of participation among your workforce.

5. Educate Employees

Employee engagement is crucial for the success of any recycling initiative. Educate your staff about the importance of recycling, the materials accepted, and the impact of their actions on the environment. Foster a culture of responsibility and encourage employees to take an active role in the recycling program. Consider organising a workshop or training session to provide hands-on experience and deepen their understanding of recycling practices. Create open channels for communication to address any questions or concerns, and actively seek feedback to continuously improve and tailor the recycling program to the unique needs and perspectives of your workforce. 

As you embark on this journey towards sustainability, Coastal Recycling are here to support your efforts. With a commitment to recycling over 90% of the waste we receive, Coastal Recycling transforms discarded materials into new resources, contributing to a circular economy. 

For businesses looking to enhance their recycling initiatives, Coastal Recycling offers waste audits and personalised services. Contact us today for a quote and take a significant step towards achieving your recycling goals in 2024 and beyond.

Coastal Recycling is your partner in achieving sustainable goals.