Zero Waste Week: How your business can get involved to help rethink waste and reduce landfills
Whether you are a small to medium enterprise, or even one of our bigger businesses, everyone could benefit from getting involved in Zero Waste Week and having a good hard rethink about how to reduce waste and reduce landfills.
This may sound very preachy, preachy, and that is not my intention at all, but as I have said in previous blogs, just being conscious and actively thinking about what, how and where is very important. What you are wasting or indeed recycling. How you are reducing your carbon footprint and doing your bit for the environment and where you hope yourself, your business and indeed the world will be in the future. As a business owner, these are all things that must be considered, not each and every moment of the day, but at least sometimes – we cannot all live in the dark and ignore the effect our waste has on the world around us.
So! How can your business get involved to help rethink waste and reduce landfills eh? Well, there are many ways. Now, the most efficient way would be to buy balers and compactors from Mardon Recycling in order to drastically reduce the amount of waste your business produces and indeed recycle a great deal more in one sitting, but there are many other ways too.
Effective waste management can provide financial benefits for your company and improving your waste management can come with very real and noticeable cost-savings to boot.
One particularly good example of a business who does think, does recycle, and is aware of their effect on the environment is another company I work for, namely Yelp. I went to their offices at 55 Baker Street (the most daunting building in all of London, I’d wager) the other week for a training session, and found it remarkable. Not only did they provide free food and juice for all their employees (and not the cheap stuff either!) but their staff kitchen was immaculately laid out, with different types of recycling bins for anything you could imagine, a compost bin, plastic, glass, paper – all the things! It was great to see such a big company actively working on combating waste and indeed reducing and recycling what they could. Now, I don’t know if they had compactors, though I can’t imagine they did, but even so, it was impressive.
I think the first steps are really rather simple. Supporting the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle campaign in the workplace, having a range of recycling bins in order to get employees thinking about what they are using and where it goes, and compacting everything to reduce the waste tax, recycle more and ultimately both save money and the environment. Consciousness is powerful, and self-awareness is sexy, and you want to be the powerful, sexy business … don’t you?