10 Items Businesses Can Recycle to Save the Planet

Waste as a huge negative impact on the environment. Harmful chemicals and items dumped into landfill sites are destroying the earth. The importance of recycling cannot be stressed enough, especially when it comes to businesses that produce significantly more waste than the average household each year. Recycling reduces the need for using raw materials, meaning rainforests can be preserved. Here are 10 items your business can recycle to help save the planet: Packaging A lot of the packaging of products that your business purchases can often be recycled and reused. Cardboard boxes are the most obvious as this can either be used for sending out products of your own or simply placed in a recycling bin. Plastic containers are another item that your business should consider recycling – company’s such as PPS who provide reusable packaging meaning that even at the end of its active life cycle PPS has a use for the crates as they are sold back disposed of via a recycling company who grind up the products which can then be used to partly produce new plastic parts such as buckets and plant pots. Aluminium Cans The soda cans that your staff may drink from time to time at your office can be crushed and stacked in a crate before dropping them off into the recycle bin. These cans then go through a re-melt process to turn into molten aluminium which involves removing the coatings and inks before they can be reused. Steel Tins Likewise, your steel tins that vegetables, baked beans and other food items come in can also be recycled. Great Britain alone uses around 12.5 billion steel cans each year but only half of them get recycled. This is despite the fact that they are 100% recyclable. Whilst they are much more difficult to crush than an aluminium can, they can easily be placed in your recycling bin. Steel can be recycled into many more uses too, such as part of a new car. That means you could be driving around in something that used to be a baked bean tin! Newspapers/Magazines If your business subscribes to any newspapers or magazines or simply buys them from time-to-time it’s essential to recycle these instead of throwing them into the general waste bin. Whilst they can be used as gift wrapping paper or protecting your valuables when moving house, turning them into the recycle bin once they’ve severed their use, recycling old newspapers and magazines helps cut down on the number of trees that are cut down each year.

Junk mail should also be recycled.

Food Waste Starting a compost pile in your garden by using food scraps gives you your own free supply of organic fertiliser for your flowers, lawn and/or vegetable patch. Leaves and grass can be added to this. Mixing your food waste with garden waste and turning into compost gives you a nutrient-free fertiliser which is valuable to improving your soil for growing plants. Electrical Equipment Not a favourite among many businesses as the recycling of some electrical items sometimes comes with a small fee. Computer monitors for example often contain substances that are harmful if not disposed of correctly. However, if you do recycle your electrical equipment you’ll be helping to protect the environment. Wood The main product we get from cutting down trees is wood. Wood has many uses when recycled, such as being turned into wood items such as benches and window seals, or can be used to add to your compost heap in forms of sawdust and wood shavings. Recycled wood can be used for eco-friendly furniture and help protect timber resources whilst reducing the need to chop down trees. Glass Glass is 100% recyclable and doesn’t lose quality or purity regardless of the number of times it is recycled. Made from readily-available domestic materials such as sand and limestone. Recycled glass can be a substitute for up to 95% of raw materials. This reduces emissions and even extends the life of plant equipment, saving energy. Printer Cartridges Recycling your empty printer ink cartridges helps protect the environment. Many businesses get through a number of ink cartridges each year. Instead of binning them so they end up in landfill sites where they can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, it is recommended that you recycle yours. Whilst new cartridges are often expensive, a remanufactured one can cost as little as 10% of what the original costs. And purchasing these is, of course, kinder to our environment. Pressurised Containers Gas bottles, fire extinguishers and similar flammable containers that many businesses have can be recycled and reused. If your product is empty, you can often put it in the bin designated for steel or aluminium at your local recycling facility.