I’m going to start my blog with the easiest and most widely used resource, the humble piece of paper. I’m sure there are many of you who already recycle paper at home, especially if you live in the UK.
Here are a few facts based around the use of paper thanks to the Recycle Now website.
Although Recycle Now is aimed primarily at household recycling, you might find some of the information useful to your business.
· Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials. 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK. It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.
Whilst I always encourage recycling, reducing our use of paper makes more sense. If we don’t produce the waste, we don’t have to worry about throwing it away. Here are two simple ideas to do just that:
1. Avoid printing emails and documents if you can.
2. Go paperless, make use of emails – switch to emailing out invoices and delivery notes to customers. This is not always possible, but you could offer it as an option when orders are placed.
The 2 simple switches will save you money on the cost of buying the paper, reduce your cost on printer cartridges (and disposing them) and reduce the cost on electricity use.
If you went a step further and asked your suppliers to send you invoices by email, this in turn will save you the cost of disposal.
Your simple switches will reduce the amount of water and energy used to make paper. In countries where paper is not recycled, fewer trees will be cut down to feed the paper hungry.
Can’t go paperless? Introduce a recycling system and collect the paper separately! Your waste collection company should give you a reduced rate for the collection of paper. In some cases, they may also give you a rebate if the paper is of good quality. Of course, this will depend on how much paper you recycle and who are your waste contractors. When dealing with confidential information, always use a company which accepts shredded paper or then recycle your paper using a shredding company. In both cases, the paper should be sent for recycling.
Live in an area where paper recycling or paper shredding is not available? Here’s your chance to set up a paper recycling business.
Remember Tesco’s famous line? Every little helps!