More Homes Recycle Than Businesses, Survey Finds

A survey conducted by facilities and waste management specialists, Direct365, suggests that more homes do some form of recycling than businesses.

Research conducted by the company found that 94% of UK homes do “some form” of recycling, 49% of workplaces recycle certain items and only 35% of workplaces recycled all of their waste.

The company says that these figures confirm that people are, by and large, are embracing the waste reduction ethos, although there’s clearly plenty of room for improvement.

The UK unnecessarily sends seven million tonnes of food waste, and millions more tonnes of electrical goods to landfills every year.

Waste generated from commercial and industrial activities was estimated to be 48 million tonnes in 2012 in the UK, with around 39 million tonnes of this coming from England.

“Businesses should be taking more responsibility for their waste and I hope to see companies trying to recycle 100% of their commercial waste in the future. With the right facilities and processes in place, businesses can easily create a sustainable environment”

While the survey demonstrated that businesses are taking a more proactive approach to recycling than in previous generations, it also highlights a serious question; should we be doing more to improve commercial recycling habits?

Sam Tinsley, General Manager of Direct365, commented on the findings: “It’s fantastic to see that so many people are actively recycling at home and at work, but with overflowing landfills and ambitious government targets to meet, we should always be striving to improve these figures.

“Businesses should be taking more responsibility for their waste and I hope to see companies trying to recycle 100% of their commercial waste in the future. With the right facilities and processes in place, businesses can easily create a sustainable environment.”

Government proposals have targeted a 30% reduction in food waste by 2025 and recycling targets of 70% for municipal waste, 90% for paper, 60% for plastics, 80% for wood and 90% for ferrous metal, aluminium and glass by 2030.

Homes and businesses around the country will need to continue to be vigilant about their recycling processes if these ambitious targets are ever going to be met.

Direct365 provide UK businesses with a range of different solutions, from waste management to pest control and washroom facilities.

Their current campaign ‘Green365: Growing Greener Business’, aims to encourage businesses to think more eco-friendly for a year by adopting environmentally-efficient habits such as recycling and being more energy conscious.


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