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Join the Big Recycling Hunt

Published 16th October, 2023 by Jack Homewood

Join the Big Recycling Hunt

How is missed capture impacting your business? Join the Big Recycling Hunt this Recycle Week

This year for Recycle Week (16-22 October), at Rubbermaid Commercial Products, we’re sharing the WRAP messaging calling for a Big Recycling Hunt and zeroing in on ‘missed capture’: the items that can be recycled but are commonly missed. With a staggering 95% of businesses wanting to do more on sustainability1, and with tougher recycling legislation on the way for those who are non-compliant in Wales, and legislation already in place in England, we explore how businesses can improve recycling rates and cut costs simply by implementing efficient multi-stream systems.

Frequently forgotten food waste

From busy distribution facilities to schools and hospitality venues, the issue of missed capture is significant. Take for example the 5.5 million plastic bottles that escape recycling on an annual basis, of which 55% are incinerated and 45% are landfilled2. As well as plastic bottles, takeaway drinks cups, cans and delivery packaging, the issue of mishandled food waste is becoming ever more serious.

On a global scale there has been a drive for some time to significantly reduce the amount of food that is wasted worldwide, which at the moment sits at a third of food produced3. The UK is the biggest food waste producer in Europe producing 9.5 million tonnes of food waste a year4, of which a staggering 34% is either dumped in a landfill or in the sewer5 rather than being recycled correctly. When food biodegrades it releases methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Not only is the environmental cost for incorrectly separating organic waste potentially catastrophic but with transportation costs and landfill taxes to consider, implementing a separate food waste recycling stream is good for business as well as being better for the planet.

Lifting the lid on recycling legislation

There has never been a better time for your business to reassess its recycling practices. Next year, new legislation in Wales will come into force meaning material that is prime for recycling must be separated prior to collection and kept separate throughout processing. With similar legal requirements already in place across England, and non-compliance resulting in hefty fines, and potentially even civil sanctions, it’s essential that your business is doing everything it can to enable effective recycling. For more information on recycling legislation read our free resource.

Recycling the right way

We know that for 60% of businesses, the perceived cost of implementing sustainability practices such as recycling can be off-putting6, but effective recycling systems could actually see your business win in more ways than one. After installing multi-stream Slim Jim ® Recycling Stations across various sites at their facilities, leading distribution firm DPD reported taking their recycling efficiency rate to over 90% and achieving 27% cost savings from not sending waste to landfill, as well as boosting their sustainability credentials. How much could you save by tackling your missed capture with multi-stream recycling? Take the 90 second audit now.

Recycling the right way

We know that for 60% of businesses, the perceived cost of implementing sustainability practices such as recycling can be off-putting6, but effective recycling systems could actually see your business win in more ways than one. After installing multi-stream Slim Jim ® Recycling Stations across various sites at their facilities, leading distribution firm DPD reported taking their recycling efficiency rate to over 90% and achieving 27% cost savings from not sending waste to landfill, as well as boosting their sustainability credentials. How much could you save by tackling your missed capture with multi-stream recycling? Take the 90 second audit now.

As experts in the field of waste management and recycling, here are some of our tips for promoting effective recycling in your facility:

  • Implement multi-stream systems that will encourage separation at source. As well as reducing costs, this will also help improve productivity and take the strain off your cleaning staff.
  • Install visible containers with coloured and clear signage that will facilitate correct separation of materials by your facility users and help prevent cross-contamination.
  • Investing in durable bins that require less frequent replacement could lead to a reduction in both your business’ environmental impact, by up to 72%, and commercial cost by up to a third7. Long-lasting bins that stand the test of time boost your sustainability credentials by reducing the need for remanufacture and cut costs in the long run.
  • Consider that different areas will require different solutions. For busy areas back of house, prioritising robust waste containers that can stand tough environments year after year is a must. Choose bins designed with tight spaces in mind to make the most of your available space without compromising on functionality. And front of house, opt for recycling stations that are both aesthetic and functional.

Time to take action

Start your own Big Recycling Hunt with a free waste audit and find indicative savings in just 90 seconds.

Get started now.

Sources:

  1. RCP Report 2023: Why Product Longevity is a Powerful First Step to Improving Commercial Sustainability
  2. RECOUP Recycling of Used Plastics Limited
  3. The UN
  4. Business Waste
  5. https://wrap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-11/Food-surplus-and-waste-in-the-UK-key-facts-Jan-2020.pdf
  6. RCP Report 2023: Why Product Longevity is a Powerful First Step to Improving Commercial Sustainability
  7. RCP Report 2023: Why Product Longevity is a Powerful First Step to Improving Commercial Sustainability

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