Reducing your carbon footprint in the workplace

Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide emissions your activities cause. These emissions lead to global warming and pollution, and can also potentially cause irreversible harm to our ecosystem.

The best way to reduce the carbon footprint of your business is to practice recycling. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be an arduous task with the right Bristol waste management company on hand. Here are some ways you can recycle in the office without even having to think about it!

1) Paper and cardboard recycling in Bristol

Paper placed in recycling bins is taken away and added to a mixture of chemicals and water to help break it down. It is then chopped and heated up to break it down further. From here, it can be dried, cleaned, de-inked and bleached to create recycled paper.

2) Glass recycling Bristol wide

Glass recycled in Bristol is transferred to a treatment plant where it is separated by colour. The glass is then washed to remove impurities, before being crushed, melted and moulded into new jars and bottles. Glass doesn’t degrade during the recycling process, so it’s possible to recycle it over and over again.

3) Plastic recycling

The majority of plastic waste is non-biodegradable, which makes it hugely important to recycle it. At a treatment plant, plastic waste is chipped before being melted down into pellets. From here, it can be used to create new products such as bottles, plastic cups, plastic cutlery and polythene bags.

4) Electronic waste recycling

Electronic waste can be complicated to recycle without the right expertise. Most of the metals are separated from the plastic components and repurposed as raw materials. Some components (such as hard drives in laptop computers or old mobile phones in working condition) can be repurposed without the need for destruction or recycling processes.

5) Textiles

Most garments contain a mixture of synthetic plastics and cotton. Depending on the grade of the fabric, it can be shredded, cleaning and used for weaving and knitting. It’s good practice to donate unwanted old clothes to charity, as they can be donated to the needy without the need for recycling.

For more information on how recycling could benefit your workplace, why not get in touch with ASL Environmental today?

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