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10 facts about commercial recycling

At CRL, we work hard to support national recycling efforts by helping businesses achieve cost effective, long-term recycling solutions. Although Dorset’s recycling rates are among the top 10 in the country, there is still lots for us to learn and improve on. As such, we wanted to let you know 10 surprising facts about recycling, and how our recycling centres can help.

  1. Around 80% of items sent to landfill could have been recycled

Yes you read that right, only 20% of the items in landfill should be there.

At Commercial Recycling, we aim to divert as much of the waste we receive from landfill as possible. In fact, in 2020 we successfully diverted over 90% of waste from landfill.

This means that if your business tips with us, you can feel proud to be doing your bit to reduce the 80% of waste that unnecessarily ends up in landfill.

2. About 70% of the waste that is created by commercial offices consists of mixed paper products

So when you’re next thinking about printing a document off, just take a second to think whether you really need to. If it’s necessary to have a paper copy, make sure you recycle it afterwards.

Don’t forget – this also includes card products. Cardboard waste is almost impossible to avoid nowadays, with the rising propensity to order online leading to excess packaging inevitably going to waste.

As business owners, you can facilitate paper and card recycling by providing waste paper bins around the office that then get emptied into your larger recycling bin for tipping with us at Commercial Recycling. We offer great mixed dry waste recycling rates.

3. It wasn’t until 2012 that the stricter commercial recycling legislations that we are now used to came into place.

It seems hard to believe that it was less than 10 years ago that the Controlled Waste Regulations that businesses must now operate by came into effect. These regulations ensure that business operators must:

  • Use a registered waste disposal facility / waste carrier
  • Where reasonable do their bit to prevent, reuse or recycle waste
  • Complete waste transfer notes
  • Follow strict, separate hazardous waste disposal legislation

If you would like to learn more about your responsibilities as a business operator, visit gov.uk or feel free to call us on 01202 579579. We want to make the process of commercial recycling as easy as possible so would be happy to help.

4. Recycling = Energy

Did you know that recycling a single can provides enough energy to power a TV for 3 whole hours?! Of course, waste that ends up in landfill offers no such benefits.

At Commercial Recycling we regularly invest in new technologies to help waste recovery, one such being ‘EfW’ (or ‘Energy from Waste’). This means that a proportion of the waste we recycle is used to create power for the National Grid, providing energy for our local homes and businesses.

5. Construction, demolition and excavation activities generate 61% of the UK’s waste.

This may be surprising to some, however at Commercial Recycling a large portion of our client-base is from the construction industry. As such, we offer a wide range of disposal services suitable for this type of waste.

As part of our Zero Waste To Landfill initiative, where possible we also recycle construction waste back into materials used in the very same industry. For example, we create Recycled Type 1 aggregates that are used for road and pathway construction.

6. The first bottle bank was opened in 1977

Recycling glass is second nature to most people nowadays, but it wasn’t until the late 70s that bottle banks were introduced. This is shocking, as it takes A MILLION YEARS for a glass bottle to naturally decompose.

Don’t forget, for commercial glass waste such as uPVC windows, we offer a low-cost window waste disposal service.

7. Employees of small businesses say recycling boosts company culture

Recycling being a part of work culture has been reported to boost staff morale, making them feel as though they’re a part of something positive. Especially as most individuals are accustomed to recycling at home, following this through into the workplace is a natural progression that fosters a positive work culture.

8. Most laptops are never recycled

Did you know that laptops and other electronic devices can be recycled? This is known as WEEE (Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment) recycling. Recycling this type of waste can have incredible benefits when it comes to EfW, with statistics showing that 1 million recycled laptops can power 3600 homes!

If your business is refreshing its technology, talk to us today about affordable WEEE recycling. For smaller amounts of WEEE waste we also offer waste disposal boxes. We’ll deliver an empty box to you, fill it with your WEEE, and we’ll collect it when it’s full!

9. It takes just 25 large plastic bottles to make a recycled jacket

If your employees drink bottled water, let that sink in! How many jackets could be made per week? If you want to make sure that the plastic waste your business produces goes towards initiatives like this rather than landfill, take a look at our mixed plastic recycling service.

10. In total, Commercial Recycling recycled 79,581.04 tonnes of waste in 2020

This is all thanks to local businesses using our waste disposal and collection services.

Contact our team for help with recycling

If all this talk of recycling has got you inspired to improve your business’ waste management, we’d be happy to help. Commercial Recycling is a leading waste disposal company covering Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. We have 2 recycling centres, one near Wimborne and one near Shepton Mallet.

With convenient opening hours, we cater for businesses large and small that need to dispose of almost any waste type. To help you even more, we can offer complete waste management solutions. Contact us today to discuss your recycling needs.

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