Ways Your Business Can Prevent Plastic WasteRikki Fothergill
According to Green Peace every year, nearly 13 million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the ocean. So, it is no wonder Plastic waste has never been in the headlines more since being highlighted on the BBC’s Blue Planet 2. The shocking scenes in the programme finally implemented to the nation the effects of Plastic waste. I suppose you are reading this thinking ‘but how can the cleaning industry help this cause – after all, we work in an industry that relies heavily on products safely housed in plastic containers?’ Most of our products are supplied in plastic bottles. That does not mean that we cannot try our hardest to lower the landfill problem. We would like to help take positive action on plastic waste. This seemed like a great time to share our thoughts on how we and yourselves can reduce plastic waste.
Ways you can help:
Recycle Recyle Recyle.
Setting up an office or workplace recycling scheme is a great way to help reduce plastic waste, as well as many other types of waste. Plastic, card, paper, electrical’s, glass, and many more types of waste can be recycled from the workplace. If you work in an office environment, get separate recycle bins for different types of waste materials so everyone feels involved.
Think about your work place, do you and your staff recycle properly? One simple change a cleaning or janitorial business can make is to focus on improving its recycling amount. Set up a workplace recycling scheme, it is a great way to help reduce plastic waste, as well as many other types of waste. Plastic, card, paper, electrical’s, glass, and many more types of waste can be recycled from the workplace. By ensuring you are recycling what you can and disposing of them in an efficient way is a small but encouraging step to helping the environment.
The production of plastics has increased substantially over the last 60 years from around 0.5 million tonnes in 1950 to over 260 million tonnes today. With this in mind, Look for products that have been manufactured with the environment in mind. In the next few years, suppliers will be looking into how they can reduce packaging. Eco-friendly packaging is a good idea for two reasons: recycling and profit. Products packaged in Eco-friendly materials are more likely to be bought by consumers who want to cut down on waste and reduce damage on the environment. Trash collection is expensive, and when materials cannot be recycled or reused, these things often end up in a landfill. This cuts down on the amount of valuable land, and increases dangerous gas emissions.
Choose a less-plastic alternative wherever possible. You can get cleaning sachets instead of plastic bottles. Facilities can go through bottle cleaning products rather quickly. This results in hundreds being disposed of at one site in a year. I would imagine over the next few years sachet cleaners will become increasingly popular, as more people are becoming aware of the devastating effects of plastic to our planet. JanitorialUK is eager to learn more about what we can do to reduce our plastic waste and in the near future hope to stop environmentally friendly products.