Shoppers are being urged to use Recycle on the Go bins now the festive season is in full swing. Recycle on the Go is a government funded project managed by Zero Waste Scotland which provides easy-to-use, conveniently located recycling facilities in popular public locations to help Scotland achieve a higher recycling rate.
All over the country people are already benefiting from the installation of specially branded facilities for separating and recycling waste.
Zero Waste Scotland and RECOUP, the UK’s leading authority on plastics recycling, recently revisited and refreshed a number of the bins, including those which are in place at three major locations; Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh, St Enoch Centre and the SECC in Glasgow.
The units are used for collection of plastic bottles, papers and cans and are playing an important part in helping Scotland work towards a zero waste society.
Richard Lochhead, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Environment said: “This is a time of year when people will be laden down with packaging, bags, and bottles as they carry out their Christmas shopping. The Recycle on the Go bins are an ideal way to encourage people to recycle what they don’t need, instead of having to cart it home with them and perhaps end up in the general waste bin.
“Having proper recycling bins in our towns and cities is a great incentive to make people view recycling as the norm, and hopefully it will become second nature to everyone to dispose of their recyclable materials properly.”
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland commented: “Now that we’re in the run up to Christmas, shopping centres in particular will be very busy and we’d like to encourage people to make good use of the bins.
“Recycle on the Go facilities are a fantastic way of encouraging large volumes of people to recycle when away from home in a convenient, fun and easy-to-use way.
“Providing recycling facilities in popular public locations will also help Scotland achieve a higher recycling rate and bring financial benefits. It is estimated that achieving a 70% recycling rate by 2025 could boost Scotland’s economy by around £178million.”
Anne Hitch, Communications Manager at RECOUP said: “It’s evident from providing Recycle on the Go bins that they are an important part of recycling opportunities at shopping centres, schools, colleges, hospitals and tourist attractions.
“We hope that shoppers will embrace the opportunity to recycle and that the clear signage will help people to differentiate between which materials go in which bin.”
Zero Waste Scotland has also produced some other useful tips for Christmas shoppers this season. These are:
- Remember to take carrier bags along with you, that way you will avoid the 5p charge and also help the environment.
- Consider buying gifts from a re-use store rather than brand new from the high street. By doing so you will be saving both CO2 and money. Find out where your local re-use stores are located by visiting www.revolvereuse.com
- When it comes to buying food items for Christmas dinner, plan menus and portion sizes in advance, and take a list with you to prevent overbuying. You can also start thinking about what tasty meals you can turn any turkey leftovers into now. Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for more tips and tricks on how to reduce food waste.
Organisations can find out how they can implement Recycle on the Go facilities by visiting the Recycling for Scotland website.
There is more information on RECOUP and their hints and tips on best practise recycling here.
4 Common Items That Can be Reused Again and Again
As a society we are getting much better at taking our obligations to the world and environment around us more seriously. This is undoubtedly a good thing! The effects of climate change are beginning to manifest across the world, and this is turning the issue from an abstract threat into a very real danger. Trying to introduce some greener, more eco-friendly practices into your life isn’t just a great way of doing something beneficial for society and the world around you. It is a wonderful way of engaging positively with the world and carries with it numerous psychological benefits.
Being a greener, more ecologically friendly person doesn’t require any dramatic life changes. Breaking or making a few small habits is all it takes to make your life a greener one. In this article we look at one of the easiest, yet most effective green practices to get into: reusing everyday items.
Jars and Containers
Glass and metal are widely recycled, and recycling is a good thing! However, consider whether any containers you buy, whether it’s a tub of ice cream or a jar of coffee, can be washed out and reused for something else. Mason jars, for example, can be used to store homemade pasta sauce and can be washed for future use. Once you start thinking about it, you will find endless opportunities to reuse your old containers.
An ice-cold soda is a wonderful treat on a hot day, but buying soda can get expensive, and the manufacturing and distribution of the drinks themselves isn’t great for the environment. However, by holding on to your old soda bottles and repurposing them as water bottles, you can save money on drinks, or use them to measure out water for your garden.
Most of the time groceries come in paper bags, which are better for the environment than the plastic alternatives, but they are less durable and thus harder to reuse. Whenever the store places your items in a plastic bag, hang onto it so you can reuse the bags again. If you want to take it one step further, consider looking into buying some personalized recycled bags. These bags are designed to last for a long time and are made of recycled materials. They look striking and unique, they’ll turn heads, and maybe even attitudes!
If you’re a keen gardener, then you will already probably know how to reseed your plants in order to ensure a fresh crop after each plant’s lifecycle. If you have space in your garden, or haven’t yet tried your hand at gardening, then consider planting a small vegetable plot. Growing your own veggies means that you’ll be helping to cut back on the emissions generated by their transport and production. The best part about growing your own food in this way is that, by harvesting properly and saving the seeds, you can be set up with fresh vegetables for life!
Reusing and recycling common household items is an easy way to make your world a little bit greener. Once you start looking for these opportunities you’ll realize that they’re everywhere!
These 5 Green Office Mistakes Are Costing You Money
The sudden interest in green business is very encouraging. According to recent reports, 42% of all companies have rated sustainability as an important element of their business. Unfortunately, the focus on sustainability will only last if companies can find ways to use it to boost their ROI.
Many businesses get so caught up in being socially conscious that they hope the financial aspect of it takes care of itself. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to go green and boost your net income at the same time.
Here are some important mistakes that you will want to avoid.
Only implementing sustainability on micro-scale
The biggest reason that brands are going green is to improve their optics with their customers. Too many businesses are making very minor changes, such as processing paperwork online and calling themselves green.
Customers have become wary of these types of companies. If you want to earn their business, you are going to need to go all the way. Bring in a green business consultant and make every feasible change to demonstrate that you are a green organization from top to bottom.
Not prioritizing investments by long-term ROI
It isn’t realistic to build an entirely green organization overnight. You will need to allocate your capital wisely.
Before investing in any green assets or services, you should always conduct a long-term cost benefit analysis. The initial investment for some green services may be over $20,000. If they don’t shave your cost by at least $3,000 a year, they probably aren’t worth the investment.
Determine which green investments will have the best pay off over the next 10 years. Make these investments before anything else. Then compare your options within each of those categories.
Implementing green changes without a plan
Effective, long-term planning is the key to business success. This principle needs to be applied to green organizations as well.
Before implementing a green strategy, you must answer the following questions:
- How will I communicate my green business philosophy to my customers?
- How will running a green business affect my revenue stream?
- How will adopting green business strategies change my monthly expenses? Will they increase or decrease them?
- How will my company finance green upgrades and other investments?
The biggest mistake that too many green businesses make is being overly optimistic with these forecasts. Take the time to collect objective data and make your decisions accordingly. This will help you run a much more profitable green business.
Not considering the benefits of green printing
Too many companies believe that going paperless is the only way to run a green organization. Unfortunately, going 100% paperless it’s not feasible for most companies.
Rather than aim for an unrealistic goal, consider the option of using a more environmentally friendly printer. It won’t be perfect, but it will be better than the alternative.
According to experts from Doranix, environmental printers have several benefits:
- They can process paper that has been completely recycled.
- They consume less energy than traditional printers.
- They use ink that is more environmentally friendly.
You want to take a look at different green printers and compare them. You’ll find that some will meet your needs as a green business.
Poorly communicating your green business strategy to customers
Brand positioning doesn’t happen on its own. If you want to run a successful green business, you must communicate your message to customers as clearly as possible. You must also avoid the appearance that you are patronizing them.
The best approach is to be clear when you were first making the change. I’ll make an announcement about your company‘s commitment to sustainability.
You also want to reinforce this message overtime by using green labels on all of your products. You don’t have to be blatant with your messaging at this stage. Simply provide a small, daily reminder on your products and invoices.
Finally, it is a good idea to participate in green business seminars and other events. If your community has a local Green Chamber of Commerce, you should consider joining as well.
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